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July, 7th, 2023 | Article 


New Mexico Foundation spoke with Colleen Shaughnessy, Executive Director, and Valerie Alderette, Raton Programs Manager, at Youth Heartline in northern New Mexico about the vital work they do to improve family stability for children and their families in Colfax, Taos, and Union counties.

Founded in 1991, Youth Heartline is a nonprofit in northern New Mexico that supports children in the New Mexico Eighth Judicial District (Taos, Colfax, and Union Counties) through Court Appointed Special Advocates programs (CASA), Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation services (SESV), case management for families, and community programs focused on socio-emotional learning and engaging children in play and fun.


Friday, April 5th, 2024 | Doors open at 5pm


Youth Heartline will be hosting a FREE screening of Madagascar at the TCA for all ages! There will be snack, drinks, merch, and activities before & after the movie!


Doors open at 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 


Show Your Blue is a Nation wide awareness campaign that takes place on the second Wednesday of every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. We encourage you to wear anything blue that day – to work, to school, to a community event – to show support for preventing child abuse and neglect. 

Take a photo of yourself and your family, coworkers, friends, neighbors, fellow students, and others wearing blue. Share the photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag us at @yheartline

February, 8th, 2024 | Article 


From Jan. 10-12, the 31st Annual Children's Law Institute Conferences (CLI) were held in Albuquerque. This is a statewide conference addressing issues of importance in child welfare and juvenile justice. Open to Social workers, Attorneys, Judges, Therapists, Law Enforcement and volunteers interested in Child Welfare, the conference was attended by hundreds of participants from all over the country.

On the last day of the conference there was a closing keynote address and the presentation of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards, chosen from statewide nominees in several categories. A big shout out goes to two locals who received this award: Jackie Medina was honored for her outstanding role as a foster/respite parent, and Yasmin Haque (Director of CASA Program/Youth Heartline) was recognized for her outstanding work in New Mexico's Child Welfare system.


Friday, April 12th, 2024 | 6:00-9:00pm

Join us for our 2nd annual Show Your Blue Dance Party in Raton to help raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is an all ages & FREE event.


There will be free food & drinks along with raffle prizes, contests, face painting, photo booth, & performance by DJ Toby "Elvis" Gomez!

See you there! 💙

Raton Convention Center: 901 S 3rd St, Raton, NM 87740

6:00 - 9:00pm

June 6th , 2023 | Press Release 


DEPOSIT Act could help more than 12,000 New Mexican families access rental housing. 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Delivering Essential Protection, Opportunity, and Security for Tenants (DEPOSIT) Act. An important piece of addressing the housing crisis, this legislation will help low-income renters overcome the barrier of security deposit payments when moving into new housing. U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Cali.) has introduced companion legislation in the House. 


Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 


Stop by the new Dona Luz Social Club to learn more about Youth Heartline & our programs. Food, drinks, silent auction, & live music!


Event starts at 5pm 

If you would like to donate gift cards, gift baskets, items, or services for our silent auction please reach out to Nathalie at or via phone (575)-613-8349

by Dena Miller |​ April 19th, 2023 | Newspaper 


April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month and, therefore, the perfect opportunity to reintroduce you to Youth Heartline, a nonprofit agency that has been serving families in Taos, Colfax and Union counties for over three decades through their offices in Taos and Raton.

“Youth Heartline was established in 1991 with CASA as its flagship program,” Executive Director Colleen Shaughnessy said, CASA focuses on the children: referring to the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in which trained volunteers support foster children. “Today, however, we’ve expanded our services to include many other programs that enhance stability by reducing risk factors, increasing positive long-term outcomes, and creating opportunities for kids to have fun.”


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