Analysts, advocates paint grim picture of New Mexico’s child welfare system – Santa Fe New Mexican

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Turnover among New Mexico’s child protective services workers outstrips the national average and is more than double the level considered optimal.

Some kids in the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department are sleeping at agency offices — sometimes for weeks — because of a lack of other options.

Advocates are raising concerns CYFD workers looking for signs of willful child neglect are penalizing families for poverty — and in the process taking up bandwidth badly needed for children suffering true abuse and neglect.

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