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New Mexico State Information

In New Mexico, approximately over 51,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 54,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The New Mexico Kinship Guardian Act allows a relative of a child, who has been caring for the child for an extended period of time, to file a petition for Kinship Guardianship. A court then can order relative guardianship if felt to be in the best interest of the child. New Mexico does not have specific services for kinship care families. The state does offer financial assistance through TANF, WIC, Food Stamps and etc for eligible families.

New Mexico needs advocacy for the kinship care family cause. Through such advocacy greater public and private services can arise for such families. The state recognizes that relative care is a far better alternative than foster can, and with greater public and private partnerships the state can place more children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 51,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 54,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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