Kids Matter New Mexico  

New Mexico Kids Matter is an organization that addresses child abuse and neglect in New Mexico. New Mexico Kids Matter works to ensure that children who are abused or neglected are placed in safe, nurturing, and permanent homes through its extensive volunteer network.

About New Mexico Kids Matter

New Mexico Kids Matter was founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1985. Since then, it has advocated for more than 10,000 children in the state. The organization has also trained and enlisted the help of more than 1,200 community volunteers. Initially, New Mexico Kids Matter was a court-appointed and court-run organization. However, it became an independent nonprofit organization in 2012 that has continued to improve local children's lives since then successfully.

Where New Mexico Kids Matter Works

New Mexico Kids Matter advocates for youth in New Mexico, with a particular focus in Bernalillo County. Within that county alone, New Mexico Kids Matter has already helped hundreds of children through the foster care system. Even so, over 900 children in Bernalillo County are still in need of adult advocates to ensure their best interests are accounted for.

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How New Mexico Kids Matter Operates

New Mexico Kids Matter relies heavily on its volunteers specially trained to help children through the special program. The organization's volunteers, called "CASAs," are trained, dedicated, and court-appointed adults who ensure that every child's individual needs are recognized and accounted for, which is especially important in New Mexico, where there is already a large burden on the state's welfare system. Every CASA works with his or her appointed child while collecting information from the child's other caregivers, including doctors, teachers, the child's family members, and anyone else in the child's life. With input from the child's care team, the CASA works with the designated court system to ensure the child's best needs and interests are accounted for.

While New Mexico Kids Matter works primarily with youth in the Albuquerque vicinity, it also has a program for young adults transitioning out of foster care. The program, called Successful Transitions and Adulthood Readiness (STAR), provides support and assistance to children age 12 and older who are nearing the end of foster care. Youth in the STAR program receive support for the special circumstances that they continue to face, such as changing schools and dealing with the changeover of professionals on their support teams.

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