Foster Care

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Foster a New Mexico Youth

A CYFD Resource Foster Parent provides a safe and nurturing environment to children who cannot live at home with their families due to factors that may be unsafe for them.

Resource Foster Parents open their homes and their hearts to these children by cultivating safety, growth, and learning in a comfortable family setting. Resource Foster Parents encourage children to remain connected to their religion, culture, and community. These families have an opportunity to build lifelong relationships with children in foster care.

Are you ready to be a Resource Foster Family? We look forward to hearing from you!

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Types of Resource Foster Care 

  • Regular foster care is day-to-day care.
  • Specialized foster care is day-to-day care for children who require extra time and attention due to a medical, behavioral or emotional problem.
  • Respite foster care provides short term foster care for children placed primarily in another foster home.
  • Treatment foster care provides care and treatment on an in-patient basis.

Resource Foster Parent Qualifiers

The eligibility process may take up to 6 months and qualified applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Willing to attend 32 hours of free training
  • Willing to participate in a free home study
  • 18 or older
  • Healthy per a physical completed in the last year
  • Pass a fingerprint federal and state criminal record check
  • A New Mexico resident
  • Committed to caring for children
  • Have the ability to provide compassionate care and understanding
  • Must acquire CPR First Aid Certification

CYFD Supports

Resource foster parents are reimbursed for some of the expenses incurred while providing care to children placed in their home.

Children in custody receive complete medical coverage and are eligible for child care services.

They are also eligible for child care services.

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