Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)


The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department provides an array of prevention, intervention, rehabilitative and after-care services to New Mexico children and their families.


The Children, Youth and Families Department partners with communities to strengthen families in New Mexico to be productive and self-sufficient.


CYFD believes in the strengths and resiliency of families who are our partners and for whom we advocate to enhance their safety and well-being. We respectfully serve and support children and families and supervise youth in a responsive, community-based system of care that is client-centered, family-focused and culturally competent.


CYFD believes that children and families should receive:

  • Services that promote and build individual strengths.
  • Early identification and intervention services to address problems as they emerge.
  • Access to a comprehensive array of services that are individualized, community-based and, whenever possible, in-home, to meet the unique needs and potential of each child and family.
  • Full participation and choice in all aspects in the planning and delivery of services.
  • Services that are provided in the least restrictive setting and most normative environment and are integrated and linked, both within CYFD and with other child-serving agencies and which use peers, family and natural resources.
  • Culturally competent services delivered without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • The most effective services that are based on evidence or promising or emerging practices, to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Services that ensure smooth transactions to adult service systems.