Raising New Mexico



Help Us Investigate Problems With Medications In New Mexico's Foster System

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.

Here's what we can promise you.

We will never publish anything you tell us without contacting you first for permission. We will never give or sell your email or phone number to another party. Nobody but Searchlight journalists will ever see any response you give us without your permission, and we will treat your information as confidential until and unless you tell us otherwise.

Thanks for helping us report the stories that matter to you.

If you are willing to confidentially share medical records, letters, doctor's notes, emails, receipts, prescriptions or other documents, you may email them to

If you'd rather use the U.S. mail, simply place the documents as printed hard copies or files saved on an electronic storage device (thumb drive, CD, etc.) into an envelope addressed to:

Searchlight New Mexico
202 E. Marcy St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

There are also a few ways you can do it more securely, perhaps if you're a state or a company employee. See this link for more information on secure sharing.

You can see more of our reporting, including data and multimedia content, about the state of children in New Mexico on our "Raising New Mexico" project website.

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