The Substitute Care Advisory Council works to improve the child protection response system for New Mexico’s children and families.

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What is Substitute Care?

The legal definition of substitute care ‘refers to any kind of custodial or residential care for a child that is ordered or otherwise sanctioned by the court, and in which a child does not continue to live with either of the birth parents’.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Research shows a strong correlation between childhood experiences and adult health and well-being.

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New Mexico By the Numbers

New Mexico ranks 50th in the nation for overall child well-being.

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A child in substitute care is a civil matter.

Child Trauma

Trauma has both immediate and long-term effects on children.

Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Child maltreatment is preventable.

What’s Up?

The Children’s Law Institute is accepting nominations for Excellence Awards in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice to be presented at the annual conference in Albuquerque, NM January 9 – 11, 2019.

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