Local social worker honored by CYFD

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wlison Sheila Smith, a social worker at the Children, Youth and Families Department, takes a call in her office Monday. On Wednesday Smith will receive the Rose Praisner Award from the National Association of Social Workers New Mexico Chapter in Albuquerque for 22 years of service. Benna Sayyed Sheila Smith was […]

Title IV-E program benefits students, ENMU and CYFD

PORTALES–Collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University’s Social Work Program and the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) has resulted in the establishment of a Title IVE Traineeship Stipend Program for students interested in careers in public child welfare.

Fostering love

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Charles and Anna Easley have been foster parents to nearly 100 children over a span of 22 years. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer This afternoon, the Easley house is quiet. The only distractions are the bouncing logo on the computer screen, and the Easleys’ dog, who scratches on the […]

Day-care dilemma

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Sabrina Prucey of Clovis cares for infants at ABC Child Development Center. Prucey has worked at the center for about a year. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Emotional mothers desperate for child-care pleaded with Christy Masterson on a daily basis. “I was flooded with calls. I would get phone […]

In wake of trial, Dorian a breath of fresh air

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Just when the Treasurer’s Office stink wafts over the capital, just when we start to think all public servants are crooked, just when we are about to turn our backs forever on self-serving Santa Fe bureaucrats, in walks Dorian. Just in time. She is the spring rain in a desert […]

Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton, 25, of Sandia Baptist Church in Clovis, played the part of a foster child “taken from place to place to place,” in a role-playing exercise. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the […]

Removed child found in squalor

CNJ staff The young child removed from a Cannon Air Force Base residence May 2 was in a home filled “with a strong odor of feces and urine,” according to a police report from the incident. According to the report, the female child is 1 years old. She was conscious when Child Youth and Families […]

2004 Heart Gallery aims to find homes for children

By Helena Rodriguez, FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The portraits of 60 New Mexico children will not only serve as art when they come to Clovis, they will also include heart as the spotlight shines on youth in need of adoption. The 2004 Heart Gallery is a free event designed to showcase art and, hopefully, lead to the […]

Abuse cases rising

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Victimization of N.M. children up by about 11 percent. SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of […]