Foster Care

Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth
As a foster or adoptive parent with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), you can help a child by providing a safe home. You can give them hope for the future by providing the care, love and guidance they need to succeed in life.

As a CYFD foster parent, you provide safety and nurturance to children who cannot live at home with their families because it is not a safe place for them. Foster parents open their homes and their hearts to children in custody by allowing them to feel safe, grow and learn in a family setting. Foster parents encourage children in their home to remain connected to their religion, culture and community. Foster parents can be a part of a child’s life even after they have returned home, if they choose to and the child and family are willing.

Choose the Type of Foster Care You Provide
As a foster parent, you choose the age, gender, ethnicity and needs level of the children you would like to care for in your home.

  • Regular foster care is day-to-day care.
  • Specialized foster care is day-to-day care for children who require extra time and attention due to a medical, behavioral or emotional problem.
  • Respite foster care provides short term foster care for children placed primarily in another foster home.

CYFD Provides Support
Foster parents are reimbursed for some of the expenses incurred while providing care to children placed in their home. Children in custody receive complete medical coverage. They are also eligible for child care services.

Some foster parents become adoptive parents. Most children qualify for a financial subsidy that helps adoptive parents meet the child’s needs. CYFD may cover legal fees associated with finalizing the adoption. CYFD is committed to providing post-adoption services to families to enhance the stability of the placement.

Adoption is an Opportunity
Children in foster care do not always return home. They become eligible for adoption. There are children who are available for adoption right now. You decide the type of child that you are interested in adopting. As an adoptive parent, you are able to provide a child with:

  • A permanent, stable, loving family.
  • The security of a “forever” home.
  • An opportunity for a child to develop self-esteem and become a successful adult.

When You Partner With CYFD
In about four to six months, you might qualify to become a foster parent or adoptive parent if you are:

  • 18 or older
  • Healthy
  • Pass a fingerprint criminal record check
  • A New Mexico resident
  • Willing to attend 32 hours of free training
  • Willing to participate in a free home study
  • Committed to caring for children
  • Single or married

Get Started Today!
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