Mothers Sue Over State’s Childcare Assistance Program

A group that advocates for single mothers is now suing the state of New Mexico, saying the state’s child welfare agency is using vague regulations to deny child care help to thousands of low income families. The complaint was filed late Tuesday in state district court by several women and the nonprofit organization OLE. The plaintiffs contend the Children, Youth and Families Department is illegally denying child care assistance to families with incomes over 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which amounts to a yearly income of $31,170 for a family of three. They argue that parents with incomes up to 200 percent of the poverty level are eligible to receive the help. The agency also is accused of not informing families of their right to appeal decisions denying aid.