Enhancing Delivery of Services Steering Committee

Steering Committee Recommendations (coming soon)


Steering Committee Membership

(new) Public Comment

Focus Group Information

Information on Meetings & Process Guide

Presentations to the Steering Committee



The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Cabinet Secretary Barbara J. Vigil convened a group of twenty-four diverse experts from the child welfare system to form a Steering Committee in June 2022 to provide CYFD with recommendations on how to make improvements related to CYFD.

Specifically, the group was asked to:
1.) Take an informed measure of the child welfare system in New Mexico, then use those insights to help CYFD enhance the delivery of services to the state’s children and families.
2.) Find ways for CYFD to respond to concerns our clients and constituents have raised, without bogging down its ability to serve them in unnecessary and cumbersome layers of bureaucracy.

The Steering Committee has provided CYFD with one overarching recommendations and fifteen specific recommendations. Those recommendations and the background information that ultimately led the group to provide those recommendations are all included above.



Public Comment


Interested individuals may submit public comments in writing at the public meeting and/or submit written comments to Eli.Fresquez@cyfd.nm.gov or by regular mail at Attn: Child Protective Services Task Force, CYFD, P.O. Drawer 5160, Santa Fe, NM 87502.

Public comments begin on December 1, 2022 and are due by December, 14 2022.


If you have language access needs such as translation for Spanish or if you are a person with a disability who needs assistance such as large print, Braille, plain language support, text to speech, or other auxiliary aid to participate in CYFD services including the comment process can contact Eli Fresquez Eli.Fresquez@cyfd.nm.gov or text, call 505-629-9626.


If you would like additional information or if you have any questions please contact:
CYFD Office of Children’s Rights Director
Eli Fresquez, Esq.