ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Arizona company’s plan to create an Albuquerque shelter for undocumented children is not dead yet.
The president and CEO of VisionQuest says his company will continue pursuing the project despite an initial failure to secure a license from New Mexico’s child welfare agency.
The state Children, Youth and Families Department in August denied VisionQuest’s license application to shelter up to 60 boys ages 11 to 17 who crossed the U.S. border without their parents and are now in federal custody.
CYFD alleged that the company – which operates in six other states and has faced allegations of mistreatment and abuse – intentionally provided incomplete and misleading information regarding its regulatory history in Pennsylvania. Officials there had in 2015 temporarily revoked the license for a VisionQuest residential facility. VisionQuest blamed a “misunderstanding” during the New Mexico application process and appealed the CYFD decision.