Mission Statement

We advocate for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering community volunteers to speak up for them in the foster care system.

Vision

Speak up for a child who’s been abused or neglected.

Imagine the experience of children who are removed from their homes because the people responsible for protecting them have not. These children find themselves in a world filled with social workers, lawyers, judges and courtrooms where life-altering decisions are made on their behalf.

A Child Advocate is a court appointed, trained and committed adult who ensures that each child’s individual needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, caregivers and anyone else involved in the child’s life in order to make independent and informed recommendations to help the judge decide what’s best for the child.

If you are looking for a meaningful and enriching volunteer opportunity in Bernalillo county and want to do something about child abuse, becoming a Child Advocate is right for you. There are over 900 children in our county that still need an advocate.

Values

NM Kids Matter Commitment to Equal Opportunity is an important part of our core values. In order to provide the best quality advocacy for children in our community, we believe that we must be responsive to the needs of everyone who may provide, receive or be affected by our services. To that end, all policies, practices and recommendations are administered without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity and gender expression, marital status, physical abilities or national origin.