New Mexico Friends of Foster Children

New Mexico Friends of Foster Children Helping New Mexico's kids be kids by enriching the lives of children in foster care. NMFFC works with foster parents, CASA’s, children in foster care, social workers and Guardians ad Litem.

Our organization provides funds for such items as: > Fees for Lessons & Activities - Music, Art, Dance, School Clubs, Tutoring > Bicycles and Helmets > Athletic Fees and Uniforms > Prom Clothes, School Pictures and Class Rings > Summer Camp An important component of the program is the potential for providing long-lasting connections and mentors for children in foster care. Football shoes allow a child to participate in a sport; participation in a sport allows a child a possible connection to a mentor. A bicycle provides a child an opportunity to interact with other children in the child’s new community; having a bicycle provides a child the opportunity to develop confidence and familiarity in the new community. While basic life necessities are provided to children in foster care, there are many unique needs which are not funded by State programs. With assistance from our friends and supporters, NMFFC can help those children in ways that shape the course of their lives.

Mission: The mission of New Mexico Friends of Foster Children is to improve the quality of life of abused and neglected children in foster care. NMFFC provides a variety of resources that enrich these children’s lives.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES!!!!!!!SUMMER FUN AWARDS                          Friday, July 31stKids need fun while COVID-19 keeps...
07/26/2020
Applications | New Mexico Friends of Foster Children

IMPORTANT DEADLINES!!!!!!!

SUMMER FUN AWARDS Friday, July 31st

Kids need fun while COVID-19 keeps them isolated

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS Saturday, August 1st

Youth need educational assistance, especially during COVID-19 when they may not be able to work

Apply at NMFFC website: http://www.nmffc.org/applications/

Applications Apply for Summer Fun Awards for Children in Foster Care Available through July 31 unless funds are used sooner – so please apply NOW! During these difficult times AND realizing that group activities and camps are limited… NMFFC wants to help foster children and foster families have ...

COVID-19 harms New Mexico youth who age out of foster care https://youthtoday.org/2020/04/covid-19-adds-to-woes-of-homel...
06/10/2020
COVID-19 Adds to Woes of Homeless New Mexican Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care - Youth Today

COVID-19 harms New Mexico youth who age out of foster care

https://youthtoday.org/2020/04/covid-19-adds-to-woes-of-homeless-new-mexican-youth-who-age-out-of-foster-care/

Javier seems like a well-adjusted teenager on the surface. He’s gregarious, funny, sometimes brutally blunt and also a bit awkward. When the 18-year-old struggles to find words, he gazes towards his shoes and visibly retreats inside a chocolate brown hoodie.

Here's a special post for families with children who are not in the formal CYFD/Tribal foster care systems, but who are ...
06/07/2020
Community Needs Survey

Here's a special post for families with children who are not in the formal CYFD/Tribal foster care systems, but who are placed outside their homes in kinship/guardianship homes. Please share this post with anyone you know who may be caring for children in this very important way - information is critically needed to document the much needed supports for these children and the families who are caring for them. NM Legal Aid, Pegasus Legal Services and CYFD are collaborating in this critical project and greatly appreciate everyone's help in sharing this survey:

Good Morning!

In collaboration with New Mexico CYFD and Pegasus Legal Services, New Mexico Legal Aid is attempting to gather information to develop training material for the target population related to kinship/guardianship. We are in the process of familiarizing ourselves with kinship caregivers access to qualified, supportive and trauma informed civil legal services, in order to provide direct services either in house or through subcontracts to caregivers in relation to public benefits, medical, housing, SSDI and SSI. Please share our survey and flyer WIDELY to any and all contacts you feel may benefit from this service. We would like to reach as many New Mexicans as possible in order to create materials that are meaningful and useful to the people who live here.

Here is the link to the survey- https://forms.gle/bBqS1Nt6pwPNtxkU9

Thank you very much for all your help and for all the work you do for our community.

in solidarity,

New Mexico Legal Aid and Pegasus Legal Services are seeking responses to the survey below to help us develop legal training materials in your area. You can forward this survey to others in your area using this link https://forms.gle/hTdBUxHQUe6dnjiq9

Kids Empowered
03/14/2020

Kids Empowered

Attention parents/guardians: The emergency school closure may put many children at risk for abuse if they will be in a new care-taking arrangement. Research shows an increased risk of child abuse for these situations. If your child will be cared for by someone who does not normally do so, like a relative or family friend, please reinforce these messages to your child now:

1. It's YOUR body! Nobody is allowed to use BAD touch on you, which means touching you in your bathing-suit areas (private parts) or touch your body in a way that hurts, makes you uncomfortable, or scares you.

2. If someone does use BAD touch on you, use your words: tell the person to stop and/or tell a safe grown-up as soon as you can (a safe-grown up is some who believes you and never hurts you).

3. Never keep a BAD secret, which can be a secret about BAD touch. Always tell a safe grown-up, even if you promised not to.

Also please do you what you can to keep your children safe from free access to the internet. Kids who have unmonitored time on the internet are in danger of contact from online child predators, or potentially traumatizing imagery/content.

This advice applies everyday, but it's especially crucial during unusual breaks from daily routine to communicate these life-saving messages to our precious little ones.

03/12/2020
A special bond

A special bond

Eight-year-old Robbie Gay loves an underdog. An abused child who entered the foster care system before being adopted, he now goes to the Flagler County Human...

12/08/2019
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Want to have a marvelous time and do some great shopping? Pegasus Legal Services for Children is presenting their annual jewelry boutique today, December 8!

Childhelp
08/25/2019

Childhelp

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe has 5 key safety rules children can follow to help adults keep them safe. Learn more about Speak Up Safe on our website! www.childhelp.org #SpeakUpBeSafe #ChildhelpImpact

06/10/2019
CBS News

CBS News

This couple adopted six kids who were in foster care for five years so all the siblings could stay together ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️
https://cbsn.ws/2wthJ9I

Have some fun!  Raise some funds!  Support a great organization doing great things for kids in need.
10/08/2018

Have some fun! Raise some funds! Support a great organization doing great things for kids in need.

New Mexico Friends of Foster Children
09/30/2018

New Mexico Friends of Foster Children

ARE YOU GOING TO BE AT DIALOGUE BREWERY THIS AFTERNOON?

JOIN US IN THANKING OUR EVENT PARTNER, RED FOX REALTY, AND OUR FABULOUS SPONSORS!

OUTSTANDING RAFFLE PRIZES FROM THESE TERRIFIC SPONSORS ARE AVAILABLE AND WAITING FOR YOU.

SEE YOU THERE!

ARE YOU GOING TO BE AT DIALOGUE BREWERY THIS AFTERNOON?JOIN US IN THANKING OUR EVENT PARTNER, RED FOX REALTY, AND OUR FA...
09/30/2018

ARE YOU GOING TO BE AT DIALOGUE BREWERY THIS AFTERNOON?

JOIN US IN THANKING OUR EVENT PARTNER, RED FOX REALTY, AND OUR FABULOUS SPONSORS!

OUTSTANDING RAFFLE PRIZES FROM THESE TERRIFIC SPONSORS ARE AVAILABLE AND WAITING FOR YOU.

SEE YOU THERE!

Red Fox Realty is such a great partner - helping to raise awareness and funds for foster children and youth in New Mexic...
09/19/2018

Red Fox Realty is such a great partner - helping to raise awareness and funds for foster children and youth in New Mexico.

September 30th we are helping sponser New Mexico Friends of Foster Children event!! Please Like, Share and Come join us!! There will be music, food and raffles! #redfoxrealty #newmexicofriendsoffosterchildren #sponsoredevent #music #food #fun #realtyfun #communitymatters

Please follow the link below to learn more about the devastating underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on children, the sa...
08/05/2018
The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on children

Please follow the link below to learn more about the devastating underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on children, the same children so many of you work to help.

Please share with your friends --- whether from abuse, neglect or parental addiction.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-devastating-underdiagnosed-toll-of-toxic-stress-on-children

When a child's flight-or-fight response is activated too often, from abuse, neglect or parental addiction, it can change the structure of a developing brain. It's called toxic stress, and pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris believes every medical professional in the country needs to be equipped with sc...

06/06/2018
www.nmffc.org

2018 NMFFC Educational Awards | AUGUST 1 Deadline

If you were in foster care in New Mexico, and are now 17 to 25 years old, we hope you will consider applying.

Please print the application (black and white or color), follow the instructions for completing the entire application, and submit to NMFFC by mailing the application NO LATER THAN AUGUST 1, 2018.

Remember that certificate programs, training schools, and other non-college or non-university educational experiences are eligible for assistance.

WE WANT YOU TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS YOUR WAY!

http://www.nmffc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NMFFCApplicationFINAL-pdf-2018.pdf

Please email [email protected] or call 505 480 0482 with questions.

We at NM Friends of Foster Children help with this event and rain would be most welcome - before Saturday - for everyone...
06/01/2018

We at NM Friends of Foster Children help with this event and rain would be most welcome - before Saturday - for everyone in northern New Mexico, but especially for our kiddos to have a great day meeting potential families!

Three Northern New Mexico National Parks
To Increase Fire Restrictions

Los Alamos, NM – Due to the continued high risk of wildfire in the region, Bandelier National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park, and Valles Caldera National Preserve will implement public closures to all backcountry areas of the parks on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 12:01 AM, pursuant to Stage III fire restrictions. However, main public areas of each national park unit will remain open. These restrictions are being put in place to help the National Park Service provide for public safety and reduce fire risk.

Bandelier National Monument will close all wilderness and backcountry areas. Areas that will remain open include the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon, Ponderosa and Juniper Campgrounds, Frijoles Canyon from Alcove House to the Upper Falls, Tsankawi, Frey Trail, Tyuonyi Overlook Trail, and Burnt Mesa Trail.

The following areas of Pecos National Historical Park are closed to public use: The Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass Hiking Trail and parking area; all closed areas, to include the Pecos River. The following park events have been cancelled; Arrowhead Pueblo tours, Saturday Civil War Walking Tours, the South Pasture Loop Hiking Event (June 2, 2018), and the summer fishing season. The Visitor Center and Ancestral Sites Trail will remain open, and rangers will continue to offer Civil War and Forked Lightning Ranch House tours.

Valles Caldera National Preserve will close access to its backcountry and suspend all fishing, equestrian, hiking, and biking activities. The Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore will remain open to the public, and ranger-led tours and hikes will be offered in the park’s cabin district.

Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Fire restriction criteria are routinely evaluated and restrictions could be upgraded or downgraded at any time. Therefore, visitors should check the park’s website for alerts prior to their visit.

Know before you go. Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at www.firerestrictions.us/nm and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com.

www.nps.gov

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Bandelier National Monument – www.nps.gov/band

Valles Caldera National Preserve – www.nps.gov/vall

Pecos National Historical Park – www.nps.gov/peco

Thanks to Nancy Woodka of the NM CYFD Heart Gallery for acknowledging the wonderful volunteers who help make adoption ma...
02/13/2018

Thanks to Nancy Woodka of the NM CYFD Heart Gallery for acknowledging the wonderful volunteers who help make adoption matching events the success they are. As the program manager for Friends, it's a joy to see our volunteers' contributions recognized - not just NMFFC volunteers - but everyone who works to help children find their forever homes. Our volunteers continue to help because our children truly are precious:

We Love Our Heart Gallery Volunteers

Licensed adults attending adoption matching events regularly compliment our event volunteers dressed in their teal T-shirts. These are big hearted people who come to us from New Mexico Friends of Foster Children, CYFD, and elsewhere in the community. They work hard to make the day go well for our adoption available children and the licensed adults who come to meet them.

They know our kids haven’t had many fun times in life, and they know it can be off-putting to try to meet a new family, when you still mourn the one you no longer have. They understand. They smile and gently encourage every young person.

Heart Gallery volunteers give up many Saturdays each year to make all our events happy, successful experiences for our kids. The events could not happen without them. And when not with our kids…they spend hours thinking about our kids. That’s what happened to volunteer Lynette Rose after the baking event at CNM. She was moved to write this, and graciously shares it with us.

Heart of Stone

Stone heart, cold with pain,
Shades of neglect, slights and lies
No friendship, comfort of love,
Growth stopped in youth with
The arrows of betrayal.

Stones can break open.
Veins of minerals run through
And with time swell and constrict
Leaving openings
Ready for transformation.

The ore is precious
Brilliance ready to take hold
The beautiful gift that is
Greater than the whole
Brought to fullness, richness, hope.

With hearts, too, there's hope.
Veins of kindness, love, planted
Over time and space
Sorrow can be displaced and
Renewal brings a new life.

Diamonds, gold, silver
From the veins of the rock
The heart brings forth treasures, too
Goodness, kindness, love
Fulfilling a joyful life.

--Lynette Rose
New Mexico Friends of Foster Children

We so appreciate those who put into action their belief that foster children and foster families need love, support and ...
11/26/2017
Albuquerque restaurant serves 200 Thanksgiving meals to foster kids and families

We so appreciate those who put into action their belief that foster children and foster families need love, support and a special reason to be thankful.

http://krqe.com/2017/11/23/albuquerque-restaurant-serves-200-thanksgiving-meals-to-foster-kids-and-families/

It’s a feast that filled both stomachs and hearts.an Albuquerque restaurant opened their doors for families who’ve already opened up their hearts for kids in need.

Great ideas for your weekend in T or C and Elephant Butte when you aren't bowling at the Southern New Mexico Open.  We w...
11/05/2017
3 Days in Truth or Consequences: How to Have the Perfect Long Weekend Getaway

Great ideas for your weekend in T or C and Elephant Butte when you aren't bowling at the Southern New Mexico Open. We will post our sponsors' businesses midweek for more wonderful places to enjoy. And they care about foster kids, just like you.

https://www.newmexico.org/blog/post/3-days-in-truth-or-consequences-how-to-have-the-perfect-long-weekend-getaway/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=rr_story

If you’re planning a trip to T or C, it can be tough to decide where to start and what to do, so here’s one itinerary for spending a long weekend in this unique Southwestern town.

JOIN US IN T OR C ON NOVEMBER 11 & 12 AT BEDROXX BOWLING CENTER TO BOWL AND RAISE MONEY FOR FOSTER CHILDREN!
10/06/2017
2017 Registration Form.pdf

JOIN US IN T OR C ON NOVEMBER 11 & 12 AT BEDROXX BOWLING CENTER TO BOWL AND RAISE MONEY FOR FOSTER CHILDREN!

IT'S THE THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO OPEN. Want to supports the tournament and the children but don't bowl?   Be a ...
10/06/2017
Sponsorship Letter.pdf

IT'S THE THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO OPEN. Want to supports the tournament and the children but don't bowl? Be a sponsor!

08/30/2017

REMEMBER! September 10 concert tickets are available now at nmffc.org Limited number available - we look forward to seeing you!

Be inspired today.
08/29/2017
Four Castaways Make a Family

Be inspired today.

In adopting three foster children, a woman with a fraught past of her own makes “a decision to love.”

NMFFC is extremely grateful and appreciative of the Notah Begay III Foundation and the supporters of the New Mexico Gran...
07/12/2017

NMFFC is extremely grateful and appreciative of the Notah Begay III Foundation and the supporters of the New Mexico Grande Slam! This donation will let kids in foster care be kids.

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IMPORTANT DEADLINES!!!!! Summer Fun Awards Friday July 31st Educational Awards Saturday August 1st Go to New Mexico Friends of Foster Children to apply. Kids need fun while isolated by COVID-19 and youth need educational assistance!
New Mexico Friends of Foster Children is accepting scholarship applications BY EMAIL this year. Youth age 17 - 25 who have been in foster care in NM at some point can apply. Application deadline is AUGUST 1. Apply now! Go to www.nmffc.org/applications and scroll down to 2020 Educational Awards.
Don't forget that NM Friends of Foster Children has scholarships available for youth ages 17 - 25 who have been in state or tribal foster care at some point and who are now going to college, trade school, or technical institute. The application deadline is AUGUST 1. Go to nmffc.org/applications!
In regards to: A Report /Request for an Initiation of a Proprio Motu Investigation into the collective and collaborative actions of the agents who work for and with The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, which operates under many different names in the States across the USA and in the other countries in which they have been allowed to be established. For example, in New Mexico, USA they are called The New Mexico Children’s, Youth and Families Department. They are more commonly called The Child Protective Service Division, so I will refer to them as the CPS agency, CYFD and/or Children’s Bureau. A few Treaties in force need to be signed by the USA. However, if signed by the USA it will make what The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, which operates under many different names in the States across the USA and in the other countries in which they have been allowed to be established. A Fatal Cure for our Nation's Debt and Humanitarian crisis. I am referring to The Absolute Ban on Forced Disappearance and other Certified True Copies (CTCs) of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General such as those, prohibiting and/or outlawing Traffic in Persons. Why not leave children with their parents? Why take children away from their parents? Why place those children taken away from their parents with total strangers and why give those money for holding them against their wishes and then why demand a form of reward for doing so? Why tell the family that they cannot talk about it? Why keep what you do for a living a secret? Why keep cases a secret and /or hidden? If signed or ratified by the USA and/or other Government leader, the UN's Treaty against Forced Disappearance would be just another treaty to break by the CPS/CYFD agents. So let's let's not worry about. i mean the CPS/CYFD agents have been breaking every law and every treaty known to man to date so why give them more laws and treaties than they know what to do with. they couldn't care less who they hurt or which laws and or which Treaties they break do they? I am pretty sure that they want to believe that hey are helping the family. that they are responsible for aiding parents to be better parents and that they can keep kids safe while their parents are working the treatment plan. And if the parents do not act in a manner pleasing to the caseworker than that parent must suffer the consequences of his or her actions that is just the way it is.
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The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) wants to keep children who have to be removed from parental care in their extended family. Often the children and youths are placed with their grandparents. Some may not be aware of earned income tax credits which will help them, especially when the grandparents' idea of retirement may not have included raising additional children in their families. Adoptees deserve to remain in their family of origin if possible. This way they will have connections to their origins, first family medical information, culture, ethnicity. Children have the right to remain within the family they were born into. The NFPA wants to ensure grandparents have all the assistance they need in order to provide care for their grandchildren. This is the reason the NFPA wants to ensure this information gets out. Sometimes the grandparents will end up adopting their grandchildren. For this reason, the NFPA wants to be an advocate and ally with grandparents. For more information on how the NFPA can assist you, and for further information about how to be a foster or adoptive parent, please go to their website nfpaonline.org. Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Should Check Their Eligibility for EITC • English • Español • What's Hot • News Releases • Multimedia Center • Tax Relief in Disaster Situations • Radio PSAs • Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts • The Tax Gap • Fact Sheets • IRS Tax Tips • e-News Subscriptions • IRS Guidance • Media Contacts • IRS Future State • IRS Statements and Announcements Tax Tip 2018-10, January 23, 2018 Grandparents who work and are also raising grandchildren might benefit from the earned income tax credit. The IRS encourages these grandparents to find out if they qualify for this credit. This is important because grandparents who care for children are often not aware that they could claim these children for the EITC. The EITC is a refundable tax credit. This means that those who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax, or even get a tax refund. Grandparents who are the primary caretakers of their grandchildren should remember these facts about the credit: • A grandparent who is working and has a grandchild living with them may qualify for the EITC, even if the grandparent is 65 years of age or older. • Generally, to be a qualified child for EITC purposes, the grandchild must meet the dependency and qualifying child requirements for EITC. • The rules for grandparents claiming the EITC are the same for parents claiming the EITC. • Special rules and restrictions apply if the child’s parents or other family members also qualify for the EITC. • There are also special rules for individuals receiving disability benefits and members of the military. • To qualify for the EITC, the grandparent must have earned income either from a job or self-employment and meet basic rules. • The IRS recommends using the EITC Assistant, available in English or Spanish, on IRS.gov, to determine eligibility and estimate the amount of credit. • Eligible grandparents must file a tax return, even if they don’t owe any tax or aren’t required to file. Qualified taxpayers should consider filing electronically. It’s the fastest and most secure way to file a tax return and get a refund. By law, the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid-February for tax returns that claim the EITC or the additional child tax credit. The law requires the IRS to hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with the EITC or ACTC. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting Feb. 27, 2018, if these taxpayers choose direct deposit and there are no other issues with their tax return. More Information: Publication 596, available on IRS.gov. Grandparents who work and are also raising grandchildren might benefit from the earned income tax credit. The IRS encourages these grandparents to find out if they qualify for this credit. This is important because grandparents who care for children are often not aware that they could claim these children for the EITC. Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Should Check Their Eligibility for EITC | Internal Revenue Service Tax Tip 2018-10, January 23, 2018 IRS.GOV
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