Each year, children and youth in foster care or state custody are prescribed unproven or unnecessary medications—sometimes at dangerous rates.
We at Searchlight New Mexico are talking to people who have experienced this firsthand, and we're hearing that there are major problems with the way New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and foster care companies are diagnosing and prescribing medications to kids in their care. We'll be spending the coming months figuring out exactly what’s going on and what needs to change to keep New Mexico’s kids safe.
We need your help.
Have you or someone you know been prescribed medications while in CYFD custody or foster care? Fill out the questionnaire below and tell us your experience, to the best of your ability. If you know more than one person the questions could apply to, you may fill out the form once for each person.
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