NMCAN is putting down roots

NMCAN's new office building. NMCAN is excited to announce we have purchased a building! Our new home will ensure that young people will always have a safe space among a welcoming community that believes in their power to lead full... Learn More

Happy Fall!

Fall 2022 postcard Dear Friends, Happy fall! NMCAN continues to reconnect with young people via in-person programming that grows their leadership skills and strengthens our relationships with each other. Our office remains open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am -... Learn More

Join our team!

Do you enjoy working with young people and want to help make a lasting difference in your community? Apply to join our team! Open positions are listed below. Click on the job title to read the full description. Child Care... Learn More

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Covid-19 Vaccine & Testing Information

You can help keep your community safe. NMCAN wants to make sure you stay healthy! That's why we want to ensure you have factual information about the COVID-19 vaccine and testing. By getting vaccinated and boosted, you will be able... Learn More

Update from Executive Director Ezra Spitzer

Dear NMCAN Friends and Family,  After taking wellness leave from February through April 2022, I have been transitioning back into my role as Executive Director, and I have several pieces of exciting news to share. I feel extremely fortunate to... Learn More

Join the 50 for $5 Campaign

Image Credit: Gabby O'Keefe Photography Our community is stronger when we work together. This grassroots campaign has a goal of 50 donors contributing $5 or more per month for the next year, raising $3,000 for our programming. Help us create... Learn More

KUNM Interviews NMCAN Youth Leaders

Earlier this month, KUNM invited two NMCAN Youth Leaders, Alyssa Davis and Micaela Baca, to be interviewed on Let’s Talk New Mexico to speak about their experience aging out of foster care, the policies they have helped pass, and the... Learn More

Our op-ed in today’s Albuquerque Journal

To our valued community, As you know, the Governor signed into law the creation of the Office of Family Representation and Advocacy (OFRA) earlier this year. We believe the creation of this office will improve legal representation for children and... Learn More

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Text Messaging Update for Young People

As of today, the NMCAN text messaging number is no longer 25827. Anyone signed up to receive NMCAN updates via text will receive messages from a new 505 number. We apologize for any confusion this causes, and we are happy... Learn More

Join us for Breakfast with Youth Leaders

We kindly ask that all attendees have completed a vaccine series or have a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to the event. Children 5 and under are exempt from vaccine requirements. We also kindly ask that all... Learn More

NMCAN’s Physical Office is Open

As of April 4, 2022, our physical office is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On these days, we will allow vaccinated guests to drop by the office. Until further notice, unvaccinated guests are only allowed in the office by... Learn More

Big TANF policy win ensures more resources for families

NMCAN and young parents have been collaborating with the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) and Crossroads for Women, to bring light to the issues families face in accessing benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)... Learn More

Family Representation and Advocacy Act

March 9, 2022 Update: Yesterday the Governor signed HB 46, The Family Representation and Advocacy Act, a law that will establish an independent office to provide legal representation to children, youth, and parents in cases involving allegations of abuse and... Learn More

Message From Executive Director Ezra Spitzer

Dear NMCAN Community, I am writing to let you know that I have made the hard decision to temporarily step away from my duties as Executive Director. As we all know, the last two years have been a truly exhausting... Learn More

Policy and Advocacy Winter Update

The 2022 New Mexico Legislative Session begins today, and this 30-day session will include critical legislation that can improve the lives of young people and families across New Mexico.  In recent years, young people have been hard at work garnering... Learn More

Winter Holiday Closure

NMCAN’s physical office is closed and our entire team is offline from December 23-31 to rest and reset before the new year. We know that giving folks time to take care of themselves is an important part of building a... Learn More

2020-2021 Annual Report

Thank you for your commitment to New Mexico’s young people. NMCAN’s 2020-2021 annual report is ready, and we are pleased to share our impact from the past year. NMCAN continues to partner with young people who are impacted by foster... Learn More

Join us for Breakfast with Youth Leaders

Hear from young people and NMCAN staff about our 2022 legislative priorities and learn about the history of the child welfare system. Light breakfast will be served. Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:00 - 10:00 am Explora*, Rotary Atrium 1701 Mountain... Learn More

Our Response to CYFD’s New Leadership

To our valued community, As you know, last week the Governor appointed retired Justice Barbara Vigil as Cabinet Secretary for the Children, Youth and Families Department. We are excited to see someone with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives... Learn More

NMCAN’s Physical Office is Currently Closed

Updated August 2021 To our valued community, We hope you continue to stay healthy and safe. NMCAN’s physical office remains closed, and our staff is still partly working from home. We are implementing a phased approach to reopening the office... Learn More