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

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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 Role Of Court Appointed Special Advocates

December 16, 2016 – This week correspondent Megan Kamerick leads a conversation about Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers build relationships with children and young people in foster care and help ensure that their rights and needs are addressed in the court system.

Want to learn more? The New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks has information about CASA programs across the state.

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Guests: 
Annie Rasquin, ED of CASA for First Judicial District
Doreen Sansom, longtime CASA volunteer
Krystal Goolsby, former foster care kid and advocate