On September 26, 2012, the Court of Appeals of New Mexico issued its ruling in the case of State of New Mexico vs. Laura J. The Court of Appeals upheld the district court's termination of Laura J.'s parental rights, but determined that the New Mexico Department of Children Youth and Families ("CYFD") had not met its burden to attempt to place Laura J.'s child with a relative.
The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the district court and required CYFD to conduct a thorough inquiry into placement of the child with a family member who had sought custody of the child.