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Mark Ortiz

"The agency continues to struggle with staffing.

While I’ll give CYFD the benefit of doubt regarding the pandemic and staffing, this is one of New Mexico’s decades old chronic issues that has roots in poverty and a society that refuses to take care of it’s born. The Cervantes can’t get the Body of Christ article had roughly 80 comments. How many comments will the good Catholics who read the SFNM make on this issue or will they reinforce the view of some that the so-called followers for Jesus only care about a “child” in the womb? I hope not.

To the State leaders and media, why no mention of why one of the most important Agencies is historically short staffed? For starters, the pay for protective services staff should double as an incentive to draw people to the field. But, you can’t just throw money at people who may not be equipped to do the job properly. If the State and professionals in this field could work with high schools and higher learning institutions on curriculum to prepare, create, and incentives more workers to pursue this vocation, well we may be on to something. Instead we have a society that rewards those that become lawyers and hedge fund managers and live by the mantra, he with the most toys wins. So, come 5:00 news time, we’ll watch in bewilderment as horrors happen again and again to our born children like Omaree Varela, Jeremiah Valencia, and Victoria Martens.

As the gap between haves and have nots explodes, and the fuel in Jeff Bezos’s joy ride could have been used to provide living wages and health care to all of Amazon’s employees, why don't we seem to really cares what kind of society we really want to be?

Mark Ortiz

BTW, in no way am i implying the current hard working caseworkers at CYFD are the problem but obviously they need more help in bodies, resources, and pay.

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