- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to fund numerous efforts aimed at fighting child abuse.

She says establishing child advocacy centers around the state would allow police officers and social workers to work closely together to ensure abuse cases don’t fall through the cracks.

Martinez’s efforts to reform the state’s child welfare agency stem from the December 2013 death of an Albuquerque boy who police say was abused by his mother.

The governor also wants more money to go to the agency to hire dozens of new full-time workers in the protective services division to help with the growing caseload. To retain those workers, she’s proposing a loan repayment program that would help caseworkers with their student loans.

She also wants state law clarified when it comes to the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect cases.



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