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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

Our Land, Paws and Stripes, plus The Line Panel

NMiF: Our Land

This week on “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” correspondent Laura Paskus introduces us to a collaborative program that’s brought together local and tribal communities, the federal government, state officials and local individuals to manage 200 thousand acres of forest in the Jemez Mountains.

And producer Sarah Gustavus takes us to Paws and Stripes in Albuquerque to learn about their unique model for helping veterans get the support they need with the assistance of a service dog. Paws and Stripes matches dogs from shelters with veterans and offers training, mental health services and camaraderie with other vets who understand the challenges of returning to civilian life after an injury during service. 

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists take on some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including treatment for opiate addiction and reactions to the letter the U.S. Attorney General’s office sent to the city of Albuquerque asking for proof that the city is cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
None (all field segments)

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter for Associated Press
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m.and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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