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New Mexico Family Advocacy Program

New Mexico Family Advocacy Program

NM Family Advocacy Program
Interactive Training Series

NMFAP ECHO is a knowledge-sharing platform for judges, court staff, parent and children's attorneys, social workers, child welfare agencies, community service providers, educators, and parents and families. 

The platform builds from the experience of the New Mexico Family Advocacy Program, which provides parents in child welfare cases an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers, and parent mentors so that families are given the proper advocacy and support for reunification or other preferred outcomes.

The goal of NMFAP ECHO is to create a virtual community of child welfare system practitioners dedicated to improving the well-being of New Mexico's children and families.                                                                                                                                                                                  

ECHO Sessions are typically held on Tuesday from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sessions come in two formats. The first is a didactic presentation format given by a subject matter expert, followed by Q&A.  These are open to everyone.  The second format is a case/issue processing format that is open to NMFAP practitioners only. These sessions typically alternate every other week. 

If you are a program practitioner and would like to offer a topic or have an issue/case for discussion, that you think will benefit the team, please fill out this form and email it to: echonmfap@gmail.com.

All other questions or comments can also be sent to: echonmfap@gmail.com.





 Tuesday Sessions


Feb. 4

Group Case/Issue Processing: Advocacy for 'Difficult' Clients
*Private Training only open to NMFAP Practitioners 

Feb. 18

Appropriate Language for Child Welfare Cases
Presenter: Wendy Linebrink-Allison, MSW, MBA, NCPSS, Program Manager, New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 

March 3

Group Issue/Case Processing: Related Domestic Relations and Child Support Cases
*Private Training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

March 17

CYFD Program Improvement Plan (PIP) Updates
Presenters: Angela Baca, CYFD Quality Assurance Manager & Sarah Meadows, CYFD Research, Assessment and Data Bureau Chief

April 7

Group Case/Issue Processing: COVID-19 Response & Working Together 
*Private Training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

April 21

In and Out of Court Advocacy for Less Restrictive Visitation from Day One
Presenter: Esteli Juarez, Respondent/GaL/Youth and NMFAP Attorney in the 2nd & 13th JDCs

May 5

Group Case/Issue Processing: Advocacy for Relative Foster Placement  
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

May 19

Cultural Competency in Child Welfare Cases 
Presenter: Amy Whitfield, Special Projects Coordinator, CYFD 

June 2

Group Case/Issue Processing: Advocating for Permanent Guardianship
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners 

June 16

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Application to Child Welfare and Beyond
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Hamilton, LCSW, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Services, CYFD & Diana P. Trujillo, LISW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Therapist, Albuquerque Girls Reintegration Center (AGRC)

July 7

Group Case/Issue Processing: Assisting Non-Offending Parents
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

July 21

Understanding the Fostering Connections Act 
Presenter(s): Hilari Lipton, Director of Transition Aged Youth, Farra Fong, Office of Transition-Aged Youth & Kelly O'Neill, Supervising Appellate
Attorney, CYFD 

Aug. 4

ICWA Courts and Cultural Competency 
Facilitated discussion with Special Master Catherine Begaye, 2nd Judicial District Court

Aug. 18

Psychotropic Medications in Child Welfare Cases
Presenter: Dr. George Davis, Supervising Child Psychiatrist, University of New Mexico Family Medicine Clinics

Sept. 1

Group Case/Issue Processing: How are we doing? Semi-annual Program Assessment & Review  
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

Sept. 15

Invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Child Welfare Cases
Presenter: Laurel Nesbitt, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights New Mexico 

Oct. 6

Group Case/Issue Processing: The ABA's Interdisciplinary Parent Representation Webinar Re-broadcast 
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

Oct. 20

Introduction to CYFD's Safety Assessment Tool
Presenter: Ashley Williams, CYFD Albuquerque Metro Region Office #4, County Office Manager 

Nov. 17

Advocating for Medically Assisted Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
Presenter(s): George Davis, M.D. & Andy Hsi, M.D.

Dec. 8

Group Case/Issue Processing: NMFAP Practice Guide Review
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners