Thousands of children are abused or neglected each year in New Mexico. And the state's safety net has far too many holes. A Journal investigation has found some children are kept in abusive families too long, while others are sent to foster homes where new abuse occurs. The problems are longstanding: Critics say they are getting worse, while Child Protective Services promises to strengthen the net.
FIRST IN A SERIESCASE STUDY: Young Victim Endures Nightmare Under State's Care
In Harm's Way
Children who can't protect themselves are being neglected and harmed daily in New Mexico homes.
SECOND IN A SERIES Officials Seem Unaware of Own Stats on Abuse
CASE STUDY: 'Someone Beat the Hell Out of This Kid'
Holes in Safety Net
Flaws in the system can mean more trouble -- instead of protection -- for foster children.
THIRD IN A SERIES Worker Survives Legal Storm
Foster Parents Frustrated by State's Treatment
Is Foster Care System Breaking Down?
Children pay price as frustrated foster parents, social workers bail out.
FOURTH IN A SERIES 'Utter Desperation' Led Agency Boss To Challenge CYFD
CASE STUDY: Granddaughter's Pain Led Woman To Turn In Abuser -- Her Son
More Abused, Neglected Children Left at Home
Fixing Broken Families Doesn't Guarantee Lives of Children.
FIFTH IN A SERIES How the New Mexico Foster Care System Works
CASE STUDY: Unheeded Red Flags Let Foster Dad's Dark Side Flourish
Secrecy Thwarts Oversight of Agency Protecting Kids
Critics say the state has repeatedly balked at efforts to ensure accountability.
LAST IN A SERIES New Screening Process Would Cut Field Investigations
What Others Would Do
More foster parents needed
CYFD, Others Propose Remedies for Safer System
Critics say the state agency's plan to fund 61 more social workers is a good start, but more is needed.