NMCAN: 2022-2023 Annual Report is Ready!

NMCAN is excited to share our 2022-2023 Annual Report, a testament to resilience, community, and unwavering dedication to creating meaningful change in our community and the lives of young people impacted by foster care, juvenile justice, and homelessness. Young people’s... Learn More

2023 Spring Update

Our Spring Update is here! Read about our 2023 legislative successes, our new home, and how young people are able to build their skills as parents and leaders. Note: NMCAN will be closed for the month of June to allow... Learn More

2023 legislative session recap

SB 31, Kinship Guardianship Changes, and HB 389, No ID Card Fee for Homeless Individuals, made it through the legislature! Young people attended committee hearings, called and emailed their legislators, and shared their experiences. We are grateful for their leadership.... Learn More

Update TANF for NM’s families

By Micaela Baca, NMCAN Youth Leader, Albuquerque Wednesday, March 16, 2023 This was originally published in the Albuquerque Journal. I became pregnant when I was 19. I grew up in the foster care system and didn’t have any family or... Learn More

2023 Winter Update

Our winter newsletter is here! Check out the latest from NMCAN, including our 2023 Legislative Priorities, Open House invitation, and more. Download a PDF to view on mobile here: 2023 Winter Update NMCAN Winter Update Newsletter 2023Download

The “Death Penalty” of Child Welfare: In Six Months or Less, Some Parents Lose Their Kids Forever

by Agnel Philip and Eli Hager, ProPublica, and Suzy Khimm, NBC News, photography by Stephanie Mei-Ling, special to ProPublica and NBC News This story was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The... Learn More

2021-2022 Annual Report

NMCAN is happy to share our 2021-2022 Annual Report. As our world continues to navigate the ongoing challenges around COVID-19, NMCAN has been prioritizing reconnection and strong, healthy relationships with young people who are impacted by foster care, juvenile justice,... Learn More

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

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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

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

New state office will offer solutions beyond foster care

BY LORILYNN VIOLANTA, CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NMCAN; AND ARIKA SANCHEZ, DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND ADVOCACY, NMCANPUBLISHED: MONDAY, MAY 9TH, 2022 AT 12:02AM This op-ed was originally published in the Albuquerque Journal. https://www.abqjournal.com/2496427/new-state-office-will-offer-solutions-beyond-foster-care.html We applaud the governor for signing the Family Representation 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

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