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Updates to the Child Welfare Handbook

In January funding and staff permitting, we will be issuing periodic updates to the 2018 Child Welfare Handbook and posting them here.

2018 New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook

The 2018 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 Amy Roybal. Questions? Contact Anna by email ( or phone at (505) 277-9170.

Updated Resource: 2017 Indian Child Welfare Act Bench Card

On behalf of the Tribal-State Judicial Consortium, the Center has updated its resource summarizing key provisions in the Indian Child Welfare Act as it applies in New Mexico. This Summary of Key Provisions in State and Federal Law incorporates new case law, the 2016 federal regulations, and the 2016 BIA Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act.

New Training Videos: Key Moments in Child Welfare Cases

With funding from the Court Improvement Project Training Grant, the Center has created a series of very brief videos that demonstrate best practices for typical moments in child welfare hearings (including, for example, reading of rights, excluding individuals from the courtroom, making findings of fact at adjudication, and taking a relinquishment).

The videos are designed for judges new to the child welfare bench, but will be useful for attorneys and others. You may view the videos in any order and will find links to relevant statutes, rules, and sections of the New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook, for more information. The videos can be found on our E-Learning page under the Resources section.

New Resource: Interactive Flow-Chart of Abuse and Neglect Proceedings

With funding from the Court Improvement Project Training Grant, the Center has created an interactive flowchart that provides a basic overview of the timing, purpose, and requirements of each stage in an abuse or neglect case. You may go from beginning to end or jump-in at any point in a case. We hope the flowchart will be a friendly introduction for clients and individuals newer to Children’s Court, as well as a useful refresher for experienced professionals and volunteers. The flowchart can be found on our E-Learning page under the Resources section.


We have a new name: the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice

The Center has adopted a new name to better reflect our vision of a just and equitable New Mexico in which all children are safe, healthy and educated, and can build on the strength of their families and communities to thrive. Read more about the renaming.

Advisory Partners

  • Chief Justice Barbara Vigil
  • Judge Freddie Romero
  • Judge Marie Ward
  • Judge Jennifer Delaney
  • Judge John Romero
  • Dr. Andrew Hsi
  • Dr. Leslie Strickler
  • Dr. Paul Roth
  • Hilari Lipton
  • Angela Peinado
  • Chamiza Pacheco de Alas
  • Douglas Meiklejohn
  • Javier Martinez
  • Adrián Pedroza
  • Liz McGrath
  • Matthew Bernstein
  • Mia Kern
  • Regis Pecos
  • Brenda Manus
  • Ezra Spitzer
  • Mary Ann Shaening
  • Rebecca Liggett
  • Shelly Bucher
  • Jenny Ramo