Across the Old Laguna Post Office
Old Laguna, NM 87026.
Main Contact Information:
Phone: (505) 552-6513 Fax: (505) 552-6484
Marie Alarid, Program Manager (Direct 552-5677)
Rebecca Quam, Social Service Specialist II
Verna Solomon, Social Service Specialist I
Natalie Thomas, Social Services Specialist II
Clarice Garcia, Social Services Specialist I
The purpose of the Pueblo of Laguna Social Service Department is to promote and strengthen families, to prevent the breakup of Laguna families by providing family and child welfare services that are culturally relevant and when the removal of a child is necessary, to place the child in a placement that is least restrictive. To ensure services to clients, the program will refer and coordinate services with other Tribal programs, State, County, Federal, Indian Health Services (IHS), Bureau of Indian Affairs Social Services and Police Department to meet the needs of our children and families. The Social Service Program offers, Child Welfare services, which includes investigation of child abuse/neglect referrals, placement, coordinating services for family reunification, foster parent recruitment and training, service only, ICWA services, elderly services, investigation of elderly abuse/neglect referrals and BIA General Assistance, which is financial assistance for individuals who are not eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, (TANF).
During the months of April and May, the program does community out-reach on child abuse/neglect prevention and elderly abuse/neglect prevention. Tribal Council through resolution declares April as Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month and May as Elderly Abuse/Neglect prevention month. The program sponsored two fun walks/runs in coordination with the Sports and Wellness program to promote child and elderly abuse/neglect prevention. The Social Service staff in coordination with the Laguna Police Department and FBI do a joint presentation to the Head Start Staff on child abuse reporting.
The Pueblo of Laguna is in need of emergency foster homes. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent please contact the Laguna Social Service Office at (505) 552-9712 and ask for Marie Alarid, Program Manager. Potential foster parents do have to fill out an application, complete a home study, have a physical assessment of their home, sign a Weapons Agreement, get fingerprinted and have a complete physical examination. All foster parents will be required to complete Foster Parent training. Dates of training will be announced to the public.
On Call Crisis for the Laguna police department call 552-6685, 552-.6666.