Child Welfare

Authorities find missing Roswell boy safe after nearly 2 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After nearly two years, Osiel Ernesto Rico has been found safe. New Mexico State Police made the announcement Tuesday evening. In January of 2020, an Amber Alert was issued for 3-year-old Osiel. Police said he was taken from his home in Roswell by his father, Jorge Rico-Ruvira, and was

NMPED launches emotional learning portal

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The state launched a new portal to help families with social and emotional issues. The Public Education Department partnered with 7 Mindsets, a national leader in online social-emotional learning solutions.

Retired supreme court justice to take over troubled CYFD

Gov says she reached “mutual decision” on Blalock’s departure SANTA FE, N.M. — Children Youth and Families Secretary Brian Blalock was a no show at a news conference today when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that he was out of her administration. “He’s on vacation. That is why he’s not here,”

State Indian Child Welfare Act Passes New Mexico House

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico House of Representatives Monday passed new legislation expanding and codifying protections for Native American children in the state’s child welfare system.   Here is a statement from the NM House Democrats:

New Mexico releases data on child poverty and welfare

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New data from New Mexico shows that the southern portion of the state continues to lag behind the rest of the state in child poverty and welfare. The 2020 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book was released to provide state legislators child welfare data and

Remote schooling forces child welfare agencies to adapt

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Child welfare monitoring and enforcement have been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers, the backbone of the abuse and neglect reporting system, are separated from their students by remote learning. In New Mexico, schools, state agencies, and law enforcement officials say the lack of in-person