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CYFD to move into 'Wellness Center'

Erica Zucco
June 20, 2018 06:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico kids taken out of dangerous homes will have somewhere to feel safe, before meeting new foster parents. It’s something New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department has been working on for years.

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A state finance board just approved an allocation to pay for a new CYFD “Wellness Center.”

“We wanted to think of these children and workers as human beings and make sure we're really thinking about what their needs are,” Secretary Monique Jacobson said.

With 20 million dollars from the Building Bonds Act, CYFD will buy new buildings near Indian School and Washington. By December, CYFD says the buildings will have undergone major renovations.

“We're really taking into consideration what these children have gone through, and making sure the space we're putting people is not contributing to a sense of trauma but really assisting them in the important healing that needs to occur,” Secretary Jacobson said.

There will be playrooms, specialized showering areas and changing rooms for kids. There will also be places for CYFD staff to cook and offer healthy food.

CYFD hopes to move all San Mateo office personnel into the new center by December, eventually rolling the Lamberton campus in as well. CYFD believes owning the new buildings, rather than renting, will save the department money. 

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