Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards 

Since 2012, the Children’s Court Improvement Commission (CCIC) of the New Mexico Supreme Court has awarded Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards to members of the Children’s Court community who have contributed significantly to their field and demonstrated outstanding dedication, leadership, knowledge, and integrity.

The Excellence Award nomination form is circulated in the fall throughout the child welfare and juvenile justice communities of New Mexico. Anyone can submit a nomination. All nominees are sent a special invitation to the CLI and winners are honored during the annual conference.

Some of the proposed categories are below:

  • Protective Service Worker
  • Tribal Social Service Worker
  • Juvenile Justice Worker
  • Behavioral Health Staff
  • Contract Attorney [GAL, Youth Attorney, Respondent Attorney]
  • Children’s Court Attorney in Child Welfare (CCA)
  • Children’s Court Attorney in Delinquency
  • Public Defender in Delinquency Matters
  • State or Tribal Judge
  • CASA Volunteer
  • SCAC Volunteer (Formerly known as CRB Member)
  • Resource Family Member
  • Parent/Family Member
  • Foster Youth Alumni
  • Juvenile Justice Alumni
  • Service Provider Agency/Organization
  • Other (suggest your own)

Excellence Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2024 Awards are due by November 30, 2023.

Previous Award Winners

2023 Award Recipients

Learn More About the Winners

  • Amy O’Neill, CASA Volunteer
  • Donalyn Sarracino, CYFD or Tribal Social Services Leader
  • Geneva Rivera, CYFD Protective Services Worker
  • Brooke Stanley-Tou, Non-Profit Service Provider
  • Rusti and Tayden McConnell, Resource Parent
  • Kate Bunch, Behavioral Health Worker
  • Ray Floersheim, Attorney
  • Bradford Dalley, State or Tribal Judge or Hearing Officer
  • Julie Bird, Tribal Services Worker
  • Alma Roberson, Public Defender in Delinquency
  • Melissa Beery, Parent/Guardian with Lived Experience
  • Trinity Litche, Youth/Young Adult with Lived Experience
  • Reed Ridens, Youth/Young Adult with Lived Experience
  • Jolene Martinez, Systems Innovator