News, Events, and Announcements



Since the New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook was updated in June 2014, the New Mexico Supreme Court has approved a number changes to the Children's Court Rules and Forms, and issued a few decisions affecting abuse and neglect, kinship guardianship, delinquency, and criminal child abuse. On September 29, 2014, the President signed into law the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, which amends Titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act pertaining to foster care and adoption assistance. Click here for the changes.

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]


CLC Hosts International Visitors

CLC Hosts International Visitors

On February 2, 2015, the Children’s Law Center was privileged to host six participants from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors from Ethiopia, Latvia, Malawi, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Turkey included judges, attorneys, government officials, and NGO leaders interested in how legal systems and advocacy can be used to protect children. We enjoyed a lively discussion focused on the goals, philosophy, and approaches of the child welfare system generally, as well as examples of innovative practices, including, for example, child protection mediation, the parent attorney-social worker model being piloted in Sandoval County, and the comprehensive approach to representing children and youth used by Pegasus Legal Services for Children. CLC attorneys (Beth Gillia, Laura Bassein, and Grace Spulak) were joined by Liz McGrath and Larry Kronen of Pegasus Legal Services for Children, Leslie Jones, an attorney who represents children, youth, and parents in child welfare cases, and Dominica Montaño, the supervising Social Worker with Family Support Services in the 13th Judicial District Court.

Back row: Larry Kronen (Pegasus), Anda Smiltena (Ministry of Justice, Latvia), Noris Mangulama (Malawi Human Rights Commission), Goktan Kocyildirim (Justice for Children, Turkey), Dominica Montaño (Family Support Services, 13th Judicial District Court), Beth Gillia (CLC). Front Row: Valentina Andelkovic (Department for Family Support and Social Protection, Serbia), Leslie Jones (Attorney), Laura Bassein (CLC), Liz McGrath (Pegasus), Selamawit Birhane (Child Justice Project Office, Federal Supreme Court, Ethiopia), Grace Spulak (CLC and Pegasus), Ghada Alhothali (Leadership Consulting Foundation, Saudi Arabia)

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

For More Information, 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

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Upcoming Events

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Children’s Law & Racial Equity Stakeholder Meetings to be held in October and November As part of our W.K. Kellogg Foundation planning grant, we will be holding a series of stakeholder meetings. For details, click here.

Attorney Advocacy in Child Protection Mediation
March 26-27, 2015
Albuquerque, NM

For more information, please click here.

Honoring The Expertise of Our Clients: Using their knowledge in and out of court to create sustainable change

Cross Training Dates Offered: April 10, 17, 24 and May 8, 15

Cross Training Locations Offered: Gallup, Las Cruces, Clovis, Albuquerque and Las Vegas

The families and youth we serve in child welfare are their own best experts-knowing the most about their lives, plans and skills. The caseworkers for CYFD know the most about the progress of the case. Because this expertise is frequently not recognized by practitioners or the clients themselves, these voice may be lost. This one-day program will:

  • introduce the newly released Family Engagement Inventory, a tool to help professionals and volunteers use approaches more likely to effectively engage families and youth, and
  • introduce the basics of Motivational Interviewing, and
  • explore methods to improve testimony about our clients' and our efforts.

To register, please complete the registration form.