National Center for Youth Law


Improving Education Outcomes for Children in the State’s Care
New Mexico

The State has a unique moral and legal responsibility to ensure the well-being of children in its care. Yet studies have repeatedly found the educational outcomes of children under the care and responsibility of our public child welfare and probation agencies to be tragically poor, significantly worse than other at-risk students.

FosterEd will improve the educational outcomes of children in New Mexico’s care. Guided by an inter-agency state leadership team, and supported by an inter-agency local planning team, we have established a demonstration project in Lea County that ensures every foster child and youth under probation jurisdiction has an education success plan, education champion, and education team. To do this, we work across three spheres concurrently: working directly with students to implement promising practices; forging and bolstering partnerships at a local system level to establish infrastructure for cross-sector engagement, and working at a state and regional policy level to address large scale systemic barriers.