New Mexico By the Numbers

The 2021 Kids Count Profile from The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks New Mexico as 49th in the nation for overall child well-being. This profile considers the following areas and provides New Mexico’s rank in each: Economic Well-being (48th); Education (50th); Health (37th); Family and Community (48th). It does not consider how well a state is responding to child maltreatment but research shows protective factors are related to these well-being indicators. For more information on New Mexico from the Kids Count Data Center click here. 

Numbers below represent key child protective services information in New Mexico.

Number of reports* received by CYFD FY 21[4]


Percentage of reports* accepted by CYFD for further action FY 21[4]


Percentage of reports** accepted for further action by CYFD that were substantiated FY 21[4]

Number of child victims of abuse and neglect in New Mexico FY 21[4]

Average number of children in foster care in FY 21[4]

Number of children in CYFD custody at end of FY 21[4]

Number of non-relative foster homes in New Mexico at end of 3rd Quarter FY 20[1]

Number of relative foster homes in New Mexico at end of 3rd Quarter FY 21[1]

Percent of children moved from foster care to permanent homes within 12 to 23 months of being in foster care[2]

Foster Care placement moves per 1,000 days FY 21[2]

Rate of maltreatment while in foster care FY 21[2]


Turnover rate for CYFD protective services workers FY 21[2]

Number of child deaths in 2020 in New Mexico due to abuse or neglect[3]

CYFD FY21 Protective Services Budget[2]

*A report represents one or more children.

*A report represents one or more children and a substantiated report in FY 20 may have been from an investigation initiated in FY 19.

[1] NM Children, Youth and Families Department FY 21 3rd Quarter 360 report. Click Here

[2] NM Legislative Finance Committee CYFD Performance Report Card Fourth Quarter FY 21.  Click Here

[3] Child Maltreatment 2020: Click Here

[4] NM Children, Youth and Families Department 360 Annual Report State Fiscal Year 2021. Click Here