Recording captures alleged CYFD social worker yelling at child
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Friends of a local teenager have a lot to say about a taped interaction between their friend and her apparent CYFD social worker.
“Do you want me to pick up your ass right now and take you to some f***** shelter and leave your ass there?”
Imagine a moment of crisis and it’s the voice on the other end of the line.
“I don’t know who you think you’re talking to thinking you’re all badass. But I’m not your mother, I’m not your father and I’m not your fucking friend, I’m doing my fucking job. You young lady are rude and disrespectful as hell.
Friends of an alleged Albuquerque teenage abuse victim posted the video on social media.
“She just didn’t want to go home,” said Josephine Valenti, a friend of the victim.
They say this is a recorded interaction with this victim and a social worker from the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
“She just wasn’t really happy at home,” Josephine Austring said.
They say a call to the police led to CYFD.
In the end, this victim didn’t want to go home, and this follow-up phone call with the alleged social worker:
“I don’t know what you’re doing having threesome sex, if they’re trafficking you for sex. You do drugs, you drink alcohol, you act like a grown woman.
The woman in the video accused her of drugs, drinking and sex acts – but did it happen?
“No, when I heard that, I was disturbed by that,” Valenti said.
The phone call is just a small piece of a much larger story, of course. But it begs the question, is it ever okay to talk to a child like that?
Friends of the victim say absolutely not.
“The goal is to let people know and show people how CYFD in Albuquerque, New Mexico speaks to children. Children who come to them for help,” said Josephine Valenti.
KOB 4 sent this video to CYFD, they didn’t confirm it’s a worker on the other end of the line. But they say they have launched an investigation into the video.
The department sent out a statement saying:
“The video that has been provided to CYFD is indeed very disturbing. We take all allegations of employee misconduct very seriously and will immediately begin a full investigation into the incident recorded in the video.
We require all CYFD employees at all levels to interact with young people and children in a caring and respectful manner. No young person should be treated in a way like the video shows.
All young people who interact with CYFD are encouraged to report inappropriate worker conduct to the Child Rights Office. A grievance can be filed by text or phone at: (505) 228-6797, or by email at: [email protected] Young people in need of emotional support can also call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. Parents, resource parents or others can submit concerns or complaints to the Office of Constituent Affairs at (505) 681-2486, or at [email protected]
We will continue to strive to serve our children and families appropriately and respectfully.
Officials say young people can report inappropriate interactions with employees to the children’s rights office.