Together We Thrive is the initiative set forth by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to transform the Children, Youth & Families Department. As children and families are a top priority for Governor Lujan Grisham, she issued an Executive Order to make systemic improvements to CYFD’s organizational structure, policies and procedures. CYFD’s Transformation Transparency Site will be updated regularly to reflect the work of the Executive Order.
What are we doing to improve the department?
There are numerous challenges with New Mexico’s child welfare system, starting with CYFD. There are many organizations that play critical roles in its effectiveness, including service providers, advocates, foster and resource families, and the judicial system. CYFD must strengthen collaboration and cooperation among these various groups to best support children and families.
Together We Thrive is about listening to these organizations, understanding the challenges and resolving issues by making real changes within CYFD’s organizational structure, policies and systems.
Elevates the areas of the agency that need and deserve increased public accountability. This dashboard tracks our progress against critical milestones to improve CYFD outcomes.
The new Emergency Health group will focus exclusively on making sure that every child has a safe, stable place to stay, whether that’s an emergency overnight stay at an appropriate treatment center or a placement with a foster family.
Invites voices from every area of the child welfare community – service providers, families who have interacted with CYFD, attorneys, behavioral health providers. This group will provide another layer of accountability, but it will also be a vital part of how New Mexico rebuilds and reinvigorates the department.
Creates an Office of Innovation that identifies and brings to New Mexico the best practices from around the country that improve child welfare outcomes. The Center for Innovation leadership will be forward thinking and committed to driving results that are centered on what is best for the children.
Explore the Together We Thrive Dashboard
At CYFD, we believe in transparency and accountability, which is why our new data dashboard offers real-time insights into the transformational efforts of our comprehensive range of prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and after-care services.