The Substitute Care Advisory Council (Council) works to improve New Mexico's child protection response system .

Council Responsibilities, Meetings, Annual Reports

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’.

Featured Forums

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.

National CRP Conference

6- 8 June 2019  Albuquerque, NM

The national citizen review panel conference Rising to Meet the Challenge: Improving Child Protection Response Systems was a rewarding experience!