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
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.