News, Events, and Announcements


Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards—Honoring Outstanding Leadership and Service in State and Tribal Systems Serving Children and Families

Nominations being accepted now!

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond? Nominate them for an Excellence Award! Nominees and winners will be honored at the 2016 Children’s Law Institute. Submit your nomination here: by October 5, 2015.


In July 2015, we issued the second semi-annual update to the 2014 Child Welfare Handbook. This update covers new cases and other legal developments during the period January 1 through June 30, 2015, and supplements the update issued in January 2015. It is important to check both updates when referring using the Handbook. Click here for the updates.

2014 New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook

The 2014 New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook is available online and in print. You can download and search the Handbook from our "RESOURCES" page or purchase a print copy for $35.00 plus $8.00 for shipping and handling. To order a print copy, complete this form and submit it to Tracey Kincaid. Questions? Contact Tracey by email ( or phone at (505) 277-9170.


Federal and State Reasonable and Active Efforts Requirements. CLC has created a new resource to focus attention on the reasonable efforts required by federal law and the NM Children's Code. This resource compares state and federal reasonable efforts requirements, indicates when reasonable efforts findings are required, and when relevent, compares these reasonable requirements with the active efforts requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Federal and State Reasonable and Active Efforts Requirements [PDF]


What are people saying about our training?

We believe that all families have strengths. A participant at one of our trainings confirmed that our trainers and staff respect all children and families:

For a little more than 20 years I have served on committees, attended trainings, trained nonprofit boards and worked in nonprofits related to child advocacy. For most of that time, I have had to sit and quietly bite my tongue while listening to attendees and trainers make comments and express assumptions that revealed deep ignorance based on race and class and often even a lack of basic respect and love for the children and families whose lives they were discussing . . . . This is the FIRST TIME I have attended a training where all the trainers were culturally aware and sensitive and obviously well-informed about the lives of the people our work affects. It was not only refreshing and reassuring but a massive relief to watch trainers skillfully educate from a place of direct experience and confidence whenever a participant asked a question in a way that revealed unfounded assumptions. As someone who grew up surrounded by adults struggling with addiction, crime, incarceration, mental health issues, and poverty, I have grown accustom[ed] to hearing myself, my family and my childhood friends spoken about in an objectifying manner as if the people who experience these struggles don't also experience the same thoughts and feelings as other human beings. It made my heart sing to hear some of the things the CLC staff as well as CYFD attorneys and staff explained and it made me feel more hopeful than ever that the era of well-intentioned but oblivious and privileged advocates may actually become a thing of the past. THANK YOU!

CLC Hosts International Visitors

For article, please click here.

Corinne Wolfe Children's Law Center Receives State Bar's 2014 Outstanding Program Award

For article, please click here.

UNM Law School Receives Planning Grant to Increase Pool of Public Interest Attorneys Serving New Mexico’s Most Vulnerable Children and Families

Click here to read press release.


Upcoming Events

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New Mexico Children’s Law Institute
Albuquerque, NM
January 6-8, 2016

For more information, click HERE.