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Audit faults NM oversight of child care programs

September 25, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative auditors criticized state oversight of taxpayer-subsidized child care providers Wednesday, saying a government agency failed to detect sex offenders living at child care locations.

Staff auditors of the Legislative Finance Committee said the Children, Youth and Families Department suspended three child care homes after auditors told the agency that registered sex offenders listed the homes as their primary addresses.

Department spokesman Henry Varela said the homes no longer can serve as child care locations. The agency confirmed the sex offenders lived there and revoked the state registration needed for the homes in Albuquerque and Algodones to provide child care services.

In a report released at a committee meeting in Santa Fe, auditors said “weak Login to read more

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