Needs improvement

Faced with a crisis, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has made child well-being a priority. And during the 54th New Mexico Legislature, which wrapped on March 16 at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, some lawmakers followed suit — albeit with baby steps.

One generation removed: Raised by grandparents

Across New Mexico, grandparents have become an unofficial safety net, stepping up to raise the grandkids when their own children can’t. Cases of “kinship guardianship,” as it is known, are hardly unique to the state. But in New Mexico, where family ties run deep, grandparents are playing an unusually common role in caring for their grandkids.