Lawsuit claims CYFD denied childcare assistance

A group of New Mexico mothers is suing CYFD, claiming the department is illegally denying child care assistance.

The complaint was filed Tuesday by the women and the non-profit organization OLE.

They say CYFD denied assistance to families with incomes over 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which is about $31,000 for a family of three.

The group argues the eligibility cutoff is 200 percent of the poverty level.

Annette Torres, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, says she applied for childcare assistance but was denied. This left her in a tough spot.

“That’s why I’m here so other families don’t have to struggle. There’s help, but not everybody is getting that help,” said Torres.

KRQE News 13 has reached out to CYFD to comment on the lawsuit but have not heard back.

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