CYFD Announces Settlement in Childcare Suit

By Charlie Moore-Pabst

05.09.2019

The Children, Youth and Families Department announced this week that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit regarding childcare assistance payments. The settlement of the suit, which was brought against the department in September 2018, will require CYFD to provide increased access to child care assistance to families across the state.

“This agreement is a step in the right direction when it comes to increased transparency and accountability,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “This agreement will also ensure due process for our children and our families.”

Parents will now have access to the methods used to determine child care co-pays and will receive appropriate notices about appeals and free legal assistance.

Blalock said, “This will make it easier for families to check the department’s methodology to ensure they are receiving an appropriate subsidy and to file an appeal when they think something is wrong.”

Families who applied for benefits and the organization OLÉ were represented by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty as plaintiffs in the suit. First Judicial District Court Judge Matthew J. Wilson signed off on the order this week. READ MORE