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Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

Youth Heartline's Facebook post about the root of addiction has reached a whole ton of folks -- 831 at the time of writing! We focus on addiction because the number of children who enter foster care due to neglect caused by parental substance abuse is sky-rocketing in this country. And any trend in foster care is always the tip of the iceberg of the true number of children suffering. If you missed our post, here's a link. Essentially, journalist Johann Hari (who wrote the book Chasing the Scream about the War on Drugs and its failures) talks about scientists in the 1970s revisiting famous rat experiments that offered the most condemning evidence for the harmfulness of drugs. Lookit that c

Recovering from trauma

Trauma. It's a word that has entered the mainstream. It's a medical term indicating sudden, severe bodily harm that requires immediate medical treatment. It's also used in general conversation to describe experiences that have left footprints on our minds and our emotions. It's a useful term, and we use it interchangeably with discomfort. "Uuuuugh, my dad came to school with me and it was SO traumatic." We use it similar to how we use the word "love." We say it about our favorite foods, and also about our family, partners, and pets -- and we know that depending on how we use it, we mean different things. So when we talk about the trauma that abused and neglected kids experience, we mean

New Beginnings

Gift from a foster kid to her beloved CASA April 3rd was a momentous day for at least two folks. Ms. Kay Pinkston and Ms. Teresa Rossi were sworn in by Eighth Judicial District Judge Chavez as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)! They will be serving out of Youth Heartline's Raton office, being assigned a Colfax or Union county case. Out here, abuse and neglect cases are often severe and level of trauma that children may have experienced is profound. CASA volunteers are an essential element of child welfare in the Eighth Judicial District and we are so enormously proud and grateful for our new volunteers! Ms. Rossi came to Raton from Colorado. She is a mother and grandmother and co

Youth Heartline is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1991 with offices in Taos and Raton, NM.  YHL provides essential child services to over 250 children and youth each year, including foster kids.

Our mission is to make life safer and better for vulnerable children and families in our community.

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224 Cruz Alta Rd, Ste F

Taos, NM 87571


Taos Pueblo

230 Rotten Tree Road

Taos, NM 87571



116 S. 3rd St

Raton, NM 87740


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