Out of System Adoption

 

Our Efforts:

Kids in New Mexico come into state custody through the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) when there are concerns about their safety in their biological homes.

Although CYFD caseworkers work hard to return children to their biological homes when it is safe to do so, it is a sad reality that many children will never be able to return to their biological homes. For these children, CYFD works to place them with adoptive families as quickly as possible. Instead, those children are placed with adoptive families as quickly as possible. Children should not languish in foster care. We want to achieve permanence for kids by helping them find a "Forever Family." New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department is spearheading a project to increase the number of adoptions of foster children freed for adoption. The project also seeks to eliminate barriers during the adoption process that keep children from being in a permanent, loving and stable home. New Mexico received a federal grant to develop a comprehensive recruitment program for foster and adoptive parents. The grant also funds development of services for resource families, including kinship, foster, concurrent, and adoptive families for children and youth. We are partnering with the Adoption Exchange on a recruitment initiative that includes urban, rural and frontier population areas for comprehensive diligent recruitment services. Children, Youth, and Families is pushing to expedite the filing of the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) from within 90 days of change of the child's permanency plan to within 45 days. This would ensure that children are moved to permanency as quickly as possible when their biological parents are unable to care for them.

 

Our Goals:

We seek to ensure that a minimum of 26.8 percent of foster children in New Mexico who are ready for adoption find their “Forever Family” within 24 months of entry into the foster care system.

Governor Martinez and the Children, Youth, and Families Department will continue working to secure locations for the Heart Gallery to be displayed. The Heart Gallery is an innovative collection of professional-quality photographs of children and teens in New Mexico who are in need of an adoptive family. The photos are designed to capture the spirit and personality of each child, and the Governor is actively working to bring other community leaders on board with displaying their portraits in public places; her goal is for their beautiful faces to shine throughout the State.

 

Make a Difference:

What We Can Do To Make a Difference

Become a foster parent to a New Mexico child. The majority of children in our care are adopted by our foster parents. If you only have a few minutes, learn the facts about foster care and gain a better understanding of the needs of those touched by this issue. Make a financial contribution to support the personal enrichment or education of a young person in foster care. Visit New Mexico’s Heart Gallery website at www.heartgallerynm.com and consider adopting one of our beautiful children looking for a forever family.

 

New Mexico Data:




 

National Data:

Us Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Children's Bureau - Preliminary Estimates for FY 2010 as of June 2011

How many Children were adopted with public agency involvement in federal fiscal year 2010?

  • 52,891

What is the gender distribution of the children adopted form the public foster care system?

  • Male - 51% (26,750)
  • Female - 49% (26,132)

How old were the children when they were adopted from the public foster care system?




National Standard Measure for Timeliness of Adoption

Exits to adoption in less than 24 months: Of all children who were discharged from foster care to a finalized adoption in the twelve month period, what percent was discharged in less than 24 months from the date of the child's latest removal from home?

  • National Median: 26.8%
 

Ethnicity:

 

Region:

Children freed for adoption by region:

Freed with a resource means that the child has been legally freed for adoption (parental rights terminated or relinquished) and the child is placed with a family who has formally committed to adopt him/her.

Freed without a resource means that the child has been legally freed for adoption (parental rights terminated or relinquished) but the child is not placed with a family who has formally committed to adopt him/her.

Formally committed is the signing of a placement agreement. Some of the children who appear in the freed without a resource may be in a home that intends to adopt however forms were not signed on the date that the initial report was run or the signing of those forms had not yet been recorded in the data system.




 

Other Data:

Point in Time Measures: June 30, 2011


Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 State Total
Number of Children in Care End (SM0907) 24.3% 10.4% 27.8% 20.2% 17.3% 1,788
Number of Foster Care Providers (PM02a01) 24.8% 14.1% 29.2% 14.1% 15.8% 1,052
Number of Adoption Provides (PMO2a01)
(out of state = 12.4%)
19.2% 15.1% 25.6% 13.9% 13.7% 2,423



Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 State Total
Number of Children with a Plan of Adoption (Sm0803) 30.8% 9.3% 29.5% 14.8% 15.2% 730
Number of Children Freed and Waiting (Sm0803) 27.2% 7.2% 32.3% 13.6% 18.9% 375
Number of Children Freed and Waiting (with Resources)(SM0803) 26.9% 1.3% 35.9% 12.8% 23.1% 78
Number of Children Freed and Waiting (without Resources)(SM0803) 27.3% 8.8% 31.3% 13.8% 17.8% 297



During Qtr 1 SFY 2012, 854 Children had “adoption” as a permanency goal.

As of September 30, 2011, 404 children were legally freed to be adopted. Of those legally freed, 119 were in adoptive family homes and had an adoptive agreement signed and in effect.