Child Safety Strike Force begins working through cases
May 23, 2018 05:10 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The newly formed Child Safety Strike Force met Wednesday morning to begin analyzing case files and determining whether more action needs to be taken on what may be high-risk New Mexico families.
Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers and New Mexico State Police officers unloaded boxes of case files, teaming up to begin their work.
"We have 10 of our best agents from around the state to meet with, it sounds like, 10 of the best CYFD investigators from around the state. And we're [going to] look at the open cases with 10 or more referrals with a new and fresh set of eyes," said NMSP Maj. Tim Johnson.
This adds a new layer to how CYFD and police follow up with families. Every call about abuse or neglect already gets sent to local law enforcement and assigned to a CYFD caseworker and supervisor. If a family hits three calls, a county office manager will look into it, too. Families with 10 or more calls get strike force attention on top of that.
"Some of these chronic neglect cases, the ones where we get call after call but nothing is rising to the level of obvious abuse or a danger that would allow law enforcement to give us custody of these kids – these might be families most at risk for sex trafficking," CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson said.
Organizers hope the team will spot warning signs in those families, and can intervene before tragedy strikes.
Updated: May 23, 2018 05:10 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 03:41 PM
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