Child Welfare

Death lawsuit filed against CYFD for 1-month-old infant

241 Views ¬†¬†LOS LUNAS, N.M. ‚ÄĒ¬†The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department now faces a lawsuit stemming from a 2021 infant death in Los Lunas. The death of 1-month-old Waylon Padilla was ruled a homicide by police during its investigation. This led to mother¬†Kiria Milton facing a charge of

Child abuse settlements in New Mexico are going unreported

295 Views   Big settlements made by the state are going unreported, some of which involve topics like child abuse. The Sunshine Portal was created when Gov. Lujan Grisham first got into office to show transparency and accountability for the New Mexico state government. But recently, people have noticed large settlements have fallen

Are CYFD decision making tools being used correctly?

310 Views ¬†¬†ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ‚ÄĒ¬†When CYFD pursues a report of child abuse, a caseworker interviews the child and conducts a home visit. During the process, they use a structured decision-making model, also known as a decision tool, to help determine if the child is at risk.