Steve Jansen

Jansen is a New Mexico-based investigative reporter who has won and been nominated for state, regional, and national awards, including the Best of the West, Maggies: Association of Black Journalists Awards. In 2013, his investigation into two crumbling dams in Houston was awarded first place for Best Print News/Feature Story in the Texas statewide Lone Star Awards competition. Jansen is a former staff writer for the Phoenix New Times and Houston Press, and currently reports on child welfare in New Mexico for the Center for Sustainable Journalism. Jansen holds a bachelor's degree in business finance and marketing from the University of Arizona, and is pursuing a dual bachelor's degree in Native American studies and American studies from the University of New Mexico.

New Mexico lawmakers, citing political frustrations, pull juvenile justice reform bill 

Proposed reforms to New Mexico’s juvenile sentencing rules failed to become law for a second year in a row after the bill’s sponsors pulled it, saying the legislation had been amended “beyond recognition.”

New Mexico moves up from last in nonprofit’s child welfare ranking

Recently released data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows improvements to New Mexico’s child well-being, but the state remains a tough place to be a kid. The 2021 national Kids Count Data Book ranks New Mexico 49th in the nation in 16 key child well-being indicators such as child poverty and teen birth rates. The state jumped ahead of Mississippi, which fell to the bottom of the country for overall child well-being.

New Mexico to begin distributing $1.8 million in pandemic aid to former foster youth

A first round of pandemic aid payments to young adults transitioning out of foster care is expected to go out this month after New Mexico received $1.8 million from the federal government for the program. Information on the second round of applications—open to New Mexicans aged 21 to 26 who were involved in the state foster care system—will be available on the homepage in early August, according to the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

New Mexico to create new legal aid office for child welfare cases

Child welfare professionals in New Mexico are applauding passage of a bill they say will improve legal representation for youth and families impacted by foster care. Advocates say that the creation of an independent Office of Family Representation and Advocacy will help families connect to higher quality — and better paid — legal aid.

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