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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 SERIES
In Harm's Way
Children who can't protect themselves are being neglected and harmed daily in New Mexico homes.

  • CASE STUDY: Young Victim Endures Nightmare Under State's Care

    SECOND IN A SERIES
    Holes in Safety Net
    Flaws in the system can mean more trouble -- instead of protection -- for foster children.

  • Officials Seem Unaware of Own Stats on Abuse
  • CASE STUDY: 'Someone Beat the Hell Out of This Kid'

    THIRD IN A SERIES
    Is Foster Care System Breaking Down?
    Children pay price as frustrated foster parents, social workers bail out.

  • Worker Survives Legal Storm
  • Foster Parents Frustrated by State's Treatment

    FOURTH IN A SERIES
    More Abused, Neglected Children Left at Home
    Fixing Broken Families Doesn't Guarantee Lives of Children.

  • 'Utter Desperation' Led Agency Boss To Challenge CYFD
  • CASE STUDY: Granddaughter's Pain Led Woman To Turn In Abuser -- Her Son

    FIFTH IN A SERIES
    Secrecy Thwarts Oversight of Agency Protecting Kids
    Critics say the state has repeatedly balked at efforts to ensure accountability.

  • How the New Mexico Foster Care System Works
  • CASE STUDY: Unheeded Red Flags Let Foster Dad's Dark Side Flourish

    LAST IN A SERIES
    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.

  • New Screening Process Would Cut Field Investigations
  • What Others Would Do
  • More foster parents needed



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