Kinship caregivers are frequently confronted with a variety of legal needs, from custody and visitation, to denail of public benefits. The Family Fostering program can help you navigate these needs, and connect you to legal resources such as listed below.
FREE SERVICES TO THE FOSTERING FAMILY PROGRAM
DNA LEGAL SERVICES
Provides direct legal services to caregivers in relation to: Obtaining guardianship; Power of attorney; Child/Parent visitation; if part of kinship guardianship final order; Culturally appropriate legal services to immigrant caregivers; Public benefits (applications or denials) and financial matters; Medicaid; Housing; Social Security Disability Insurance; and Supplemental security Income (SSI). Request a call back at (505) 325-8886.
NEW MEXICO LEGAL AID
Provides direct civil legal services to caregivers in relation to Public benefits (applications or denials) and financial matters; Medicaid; Housing; Social Security Disability Insurance; and Supplemental security Income (SSI).
PEGASUS LAW FIRM
Pegasus is a law resource that focuses primarily on legal services for children and caregivers. They have services that range from guardianship legal services aimed at grandparents and other adults taking care of children whose parents are unable or unwilling to take care of them themselves. They also have education law resources that are aimed at ensuring every child has the right to a free, meaningful, and appropriate education. This organization also acts as Guardian ad Litems to act in the best interests of the children and as youth attorneys for clients 14 years or older. Obtaining guardianship; Power of attorney; Child/Parent visitation; if part of kinship guardianship final order; Culturally appropriate legal services to immigrant caregivers.
SERVICES FOR HIRE
Advocacy Inc is a non-profit with the sole intention of providing no to low cost legal and support services for at-risk children. Opened in 1986, they have provided legal support and care for numerous at-risk children and currently recruits, trains, supports, and monitors 32 attorneys in New Mexico and represent over 800 children.
NM CASA ASSOCIATION
NM CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) is an organization that specializes in child advocacy, whether it be in court or in their foster home environment, ensuring that the child’s voice is heard and that their needs are being met.
PEAK LAW FIRM
Peake Law Firm is a New Mexico business that specializes in numerous types of law, but directly relating to kinship caregivers, they can help by providing family law services. Primarily useful for this group are the child custody, child support, and parent visitation services. Obtaining uncontested guardianship;Powers of attorney; and,Caregivers Affidavits.