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The Line: Lawsuit Alleges New Mexico’s Foster Care System is “Broken”

boy child sad alone

September 28, 2018 – A new lawsuit alleges New Mexico’s foster care system is “broken.” The potential class action suit was filed by 13 children and two nonprofits, and alleges, among other things, a lack of an appropriate number of foster parents, training and resources for those families, and inadequate medical treatment for children placed in the system. Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists dig into the specifics, debate the state’s response to the allegations and discuss possible fixes.

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, Former NM Senator
Adrian Carver, Executive Director, Equality New Mexico
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, Attorney

Suggested Reading:

Advocacy Group Sue New Mexico Agencies Which Claim Foster Care Improving

Investigation Reveals Serious Abuses Within Treatment Foster Care System

CYFD Sets Up Procedure to Help Foster Kids Who Need to be Heard

The Line: Judge Grants Bail To Defendants Arrested At Compound Near Taos

1207 Line Taos Hearing

August 17, 2018 – It’s a story that has dominated local and national headlines for the past two weeks: law enforcement officials raided a compound near Taos and took five adults into custody and eleven children into the care of CYFD. Officials found guns and ammunition at the compound, and discovered the decomposed body of a child that the OMI determined is that of a young boy whose father allegedly kidnapped him from Georgia.

Producer Sarah Gustavus, sitting in for Gene Grant this week, leads the Line opinion panelists in a debate on the actions of law enforcement and the District Court judge’s decision to grant bail to defendants based upon evidence presented by prosecutors.

Further reading:

OMI: Child remains found at Amalia compound confirmed as missing boy

New Mexico has seen its share of fringe groups

Snopes Fact Check

Line Panelists:

Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC

Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal

Carolyn Carlson, reporter, The Weekly Alibi

Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP