Publications

New Mexico Juvenile Justice Handbook

Juvenile Justice HandbookClick here for a brief document summarizing delinquency cases issued by our Supreme Court and Court of Appeals since we published the New Mexico Juvenile Justice Handbook in 2011. 

The New Mexico Juvenile Justice Handbook is a project of the Corinne Wolfe Children's Law Center and the New Mexico Judicial Education Center at the Institute of Public Law, UNM School of Law, in collaboration with the New Mexico Children's Court Judges Association. Developed with the support of the state Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the Handbook is intended to provide the New Mexico judiciary and other members of the juvenile justice community with a comprehensive guide to delinquency proceedings.

The Handbook incorporates applicable requirements of the New Mexico Children's Code, Children's Court and other Supreme Court rules, and case law affecting juvenile cases. It summarizes the steps in the legal process, describes the roles and responsibilities of a number of the participants, explains the hearings that may take place, and addresses such topics as competency, defenses, discovery, evidence, and sentencing.

The Handbook is intended to serve as a current, convenient secondary source of law, policy and practice for delinquency cases. Do not rely on the Handbook for legal authority; instead, consult primary sources for actual legal language and requirements.

Published in 2011, the Handbook is downloadable and in a searchable pdf. Questions about this new publication should be directed to the Children's Law Center at 505-277-9170.


New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook: A Legal Manual on Child Abuse and Neglect

Click here for a brief document describing recent appellate opinions related to children, as well as changes to the Adoption Act and the Children's Court rules for abuse and neglect cases.

Current Revision: August 2011

Child Welfare HandbookThe New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook is a project of the Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center and the New Mexico Judicial Education Center at the Institute of Public Law, UNM School of Law. Developed in part under a grant from the State Justice Institute, the Handbook is intended to provide the New Mexico judiciary and other members of the child welfare community with a comprehensive resource guide to the state’s child abuse and neglect process.

The Handbook incorporates the applicable requirements of the New Mexico Children’s Code, the Children’s Court rules, court cases and federal laws. It summarizes the child abuse and neglect process, describes the roles and responsibilities of a number of the participants, explains the hearings that may take place in a case, and addresses such topics as discovery, evidence, psychological considerations, and special provisions for Indian children. Proceedings under the children's mental health laws, the Delinquency Act, and other statutes are also summarized.

The Handbook is intended to serve as a current, convenient secondary source of law, policy and practice for child abuse and neglect cases. Do not rely on the Handbook for legal authority; instead, consult primary sources for actual legal language and requirements.

Updated in 2011, the Handbook is downloadable and in a searchable pdf. Questions about this publication should be directed to the Children's Law Center at 505-277-9170.


Child Protection Best Practices Bulletins

Best Practices BulletinThe Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center is proud to co-sponsor of this series of publications intended to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in the state’s care here in New Mexico. Originally written in 2007, these brief bulletins describe a number of innovative practices that are child-focused and family centered. In 2011, most of the Bulletins were updated. The current versions of the bulletins are available to be downloaded:

    Introductory Bulletin: What is Best Practice? (2011) [PDF]
  • Advance Calendaring (2011) [PDF]
  • Benchmark Reviews (2007) [PDF]
  • Connecting Children with Incarcerated Parents (2011) [PDF]
  • Education Advocacy (2011) [PDF]
  • Family Engagement (2011) [PDF]
  • Foster Parent Involvement (2011) [PDF]
  • Maximizing the Involvement of Young People (2007) [PDF]
  • Open Adoption and Mediated Contact Agreements (2011) [PDF]
  • Pacing Permanency (2007)[PDF]
  • Parent-Child Visitation (2011) [PDF]
  • Preserving Cultural Connections (2011) [PDF]
  • Special Calendaring (2011) [PDF]
  • Transition Home Plans (2011) [PDF]
  • Well-Being Checklists (2011) [PDF]
  • Working with Undocumented and Mixed Status Immigrant Children and Families (2011) [PDF]

Booklets for Foster Youth and Others

The New Mexico Court Improvement Project writes and publishes a number of booklets for youth, biological parents, foster parents, judges, attorneys, social workers, clinicians, child advocates, and others who work with children and families in the state. A number of these booklets are available in Spanish as well as English. To download or order the booklets, visit CIP Booklets.