Brian Blalock Enacts Reform in New Mexico's Foster Care System Providing a State's Model for Helping Children Heal from Extreme Trauma

Brian Blalock ('07), Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department, was quoted in The New York Times regarding his department's initiatives and aligning with a recent settlement by increasing the number of caseworkers and adoptions, and rebuilding relationships with Native American communities ("New Mexico Agrees to Revamp Its 'Broken' Foster Care System," Mar. 26). "We're creating a system that makes sure everyone who interacts with kids understands if a child has been highly traumatized. It gives kids the tools to navigate trauma and build resiliency."