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]


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

Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center Director Beth Gillia (left) receives Outstanding Program Award from State Bar of New Mexico President Erika Anderson.

The UNM Law School’s Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center received the 2014 Outstanding Program Award from the State Bar of New Mexico at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting on July 18, 2014.

“The Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center provides exceptional training, technical assistance, resources and services to improve the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in New Mexico benefitting the state’s most vulnerable children,” says Joe Conte, Executive Director of the State Bar.

CLC works very closely with lawyers, judges, and others in the field to provide training that responds to the specific needs of New Mexico’s children’s law professionals and volunteers statewide. CLC’s training on civil child abuse and neglect proceedings enables participants to more effectively address child safety and well-being and to expedite permanent placement for the children and youth in state custody; CLC training and resources on juvenile justice enable participants to better perform their functions, with the ultimate goals of increased public safety, increased rates of rehabilitation and decreased recidivism.

The New Mexico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Network, volunteers throughout the U.S. who advocate for abused and neglected children, is among the organizations receiving training from CLC. “The Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center pushes us to be better tomorrow than we are today for the sake of New Mexico’s children and families,” says CASA Program Director Ellen L. Genné.

Pam Lambert, Manager of the Institute of Public Law at the UNM School of Law, says that the number of targeted educational programs and comprehensive resource manuals, direct technical assistance and mentoring the CLC produces is impressive. “These achievements are remarkable given the CLC’s very small budget and very few staff members, who nonetheless unwaveringly demonstrate daily passion and commitment to the audiences they serve,” says Lambert.


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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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.