CYFD Completes Federal Review of Child Welfare


SANTA FE -- New Mexico is the first state in the nation to have successfully completed a comprehensive federal review of the child welfare system in New Mexico. The federal review examined the Children, Youth and Families Department’s ability to establish the safety, permanency and well-being of children who are the subject of abuse and neglect reports and those children in the foster care system or who have been adopted. This review focused on over 100 measureable and observable benchmarks and included 19 action steps that were completed over a two-year period.

Cabinet Secretary Dodson said, “I commend the work that has been accomplished by the 800 child welfare employees who work with abused and neglected children each day. In challenging times where families are experiencing significant personal and professional stress, CYFD’s services are more critical than ever, and having well developed systems in place is essential.”