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 support, reviewing bill drafts, and preparing testimony for the creation of the Office of Family Representation and Advocacy.
The creation of the Office of Family Representation and Advocacy, House Bill 46 (sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey) and Senate Bill 31 (sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez) will ensure that children, young people, and parents in abuse and neglect proceedings across the state receive high-quality legal representation.
I had a really good attorney who had time for me, explained my case to me, and advocated for me. I was lucky, but many of my peers didn’t have the same experience. This bill will ensure everyone in foster care is well-represented.
– Young Person
You can learn more about this and other important legislative initiatives in our full Policy and Advocacy Update, and by signing up for our e-newsletter to receive action alerts as we move through the 2022 legislative session.