2023 legislative session recap

Two NMCAN-supported bills made it to the governor during the last legislative session. Read about the two bills young people advocated for this year.

Update TANF for NM’s families

TANF is not a lot of money, but families like mine really need it. Senate Bill 267 would make important updates to the TANF program that would help families like mine.

2023 Winter Update

Our winter newsletter is here! Check out the latest from NMCAN, including our 2023 Legislative Priorities, Open House invitation, and more.

New state office will offer solutions beyond foster care

Child abuse and neglect comes from a complex and painful history, and it should never happen. However, sensationalized narratives prevent productive public discourse, keeping us focused on punishing parents and moving children into a broken system. OFRA and quality legal representation are solid first steps on the long road to achieving real community change – a change that creates community-centered approaches that address poverty and truly support families.

NM youth, families deserve solid support system

The appointment of retired Justice Barbara J. Vigil as the new Cabinet secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department is a welcome change after the department’s recent challenges with distrust and lack of transparency. Yet, regardless of its leadership, our community must ask itself, what will ensure that children and youth in New Mexico are safe and healthy?

Work with young people to improve the transition to adulthood.