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Bill Would Make It Mandatory For Parents To Receive Court-Ordered Interventions In Child Abuse Cases
Santa Fe, NM —Legislation that would make it mandatory for parents or guardians to receive court-ordered family services when there is strong evidence of child neglect or abuse—even when the victim is not taken into state custody—was passed by the House of Representatives in a 57-11 vote.
“With this bill passing the House floor, we are one step closer to adding another layer of protection for our children,” said Rep. Fajardo, the bill’s sponsor. “It is my hope that the Senate will come together and make this legislation a priority. Our children deserve it.”
The services — which can include drug and alcohol counseling, parenting courses, or anger management classes — are used as interventions to help identify a problem and determine the needs of the child and family.
Fajardo’s legislation would make it mandatory for families to receive services in abuse or neglect cases that require intervention, but may not rise to the level of removing the child from the home. This bill gives the family a chance to actively engage in improving the child’s home life, ensuring that a family does not have to be broken up in order to receive the help they need. Ultimately, the services are meant to strengthen the family without splitting the child from his or her home.