N. M. S. A. 1978, § 32A-3B-16
West's New Mexico Statutes Annotated Currentness
Chapter 32A. Children's Code (Refs & Annos)
 Article 3B. Families in Need of Court-Ordered Services (Refs & Annos)

§ 32A-3B-16. Dispositional judgment

A. At the conclusion of the dispositional hearing, the court shall set forth its findings on the following issues in the dispositional judgment:

(1) the ability of the parent and child to share a residence;

(2) the interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child's parent, siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest;

(3) the child's adjustment to home, school and community;

(4) whether the child's educational needs are being met;

(5) the mental and physical health of all individuals involved;

(6) the wishes of the child as to the child's custodian;

(7) the wishes of the child's parent, guardian or custodian as to the child's custody;

(8) whether there exists a relative of the child or any other individual who, after study by the department, is found to be qualified to receive and care for the child;

(9) the availability of services recommended in the treatment plan;

(10) the department's efforts to work with the parent and child in the home and a description of the in-home treatment programs that the department has considered and rejected;

(11) whether the placement preferences set forth in the federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978  [FN1] or the placement preferences of the child's Indian tribe have been incorporated into the plan.  When placement preferences have not been incorporated into the plan, an explanation shall be clearly stated and supported;

(12) when the child is an Indian child, whether the plan provides for maintaining the Indian child's cultural ties;  and

(13) when the child is an undocumented immigrant child, whether the family services plan included referral to nongovernmental agencies that may be able to assist the child, and family when appropriate, in addressing immigration status.

B. When there is an adjudication regarding a family in need of court-ordered services, the court shall enter judgment and make any of the following dispositions:

(1) permit the child to remain with the child's parent, guardian or custodian, subject to conditions and limitations the court may prescribe;

(2) place the child under the protective supervision of the department;

(3) transfer legal custody of the child to:

(a) the department;

(b) an agency responsible for the care of neglected or abused children;  or

(c) the child's noncustodial parent, if that is found to be in the child's best interests;  or

(4) if the evidence indicates that the child's educational needs are not being met, the local education agency may be joined as a party and directed to assess the child's needs within forty-five days, attempt to meet the child's educational needs and document its efforts to meet the child's educational needs.

C. Unless a child of an adjudicated family in need of court-ordered services is also found to be a delinquent child, the child shall not be confined in an institution established for the long-term care and rehabilitation of delinquent children or in a facility for the detention of alleged delinquent children.

D. When the child is an Indian child, the child's cultural needs shall be considered during dispositional judgment and, when reasonable, access to cultural practices and traditional treatment shall be provided to the Indian child.

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