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Report Says State Slow To Start Child Visit Program

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A new evaluation says New Mexico's embattled child welfare agency has been slow to set up home visiting services two years after winning a federal grant.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the evaluation found the state had set up home visiting services for children at only two of the four communities planned as pilot sites.

The Children, Youth and Families Department received the two-year $2.65 million grant in September 2011 to set up pilot programs at sites in Luna, Quay and McKinley counties and Albuquerque's South Valley. The state's original plan called for home visiting programs to be in operation at all four by September 2012.

But a state Children, Youth and Families official says state procurement laws caused delays in selecting contractors for the sites.

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