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Information Memorandum: Case Planning and Service Delivery for Families with Parents and Legal Guardians Who Are Detained or Deported By Immigration Enforcement
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (February 2015)

This Memorandum provides information to child welfare practitioners, including information on best practice considerations, to assist them in addressing the needs of children and families where parents are at risk of, or are, being detained or deported.

The ABCs of Representing Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings
American Bar Association Commission on Immigration (October 2014)

The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has posted materials from a training program conducted in the District of Columbia on October 1, 2014. The materials cover information on a range of topics related to representing unaccompanied immigrant children, including best practices for working with unaccompanied children, information on immigration law and removal proceedings, ethical considerations in representing unaccompanied minors, Special Immigration Juvenile Status, U and T Visas, and asylum law and initial jurisdiction issues.

FOCUS: Special Issue on Migration and Child Welfare
Foster Family-based Treatment Association (Summer 2014)

This special issue of FOCUS brings together experts from several organizations to address key challenges and provide resources and recommendations to the field. CICW contributed a number of articles, including an introduction to the special issue, perspectives on transnational family reunification and kinship care from “across the border,” and evidence-based culturally responsive assessments and treatments for Latino immigrant families. In addition, Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discusses meeting the unique needs of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children through its specialized foster care programs and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service shares lessons learned regarding successful transnational family reunification.

Keeping Immigrant Families in the Child Protection System Together 
ABA Child Law Practice (April 2014)

Written by Ann Park, this article discusses the barriers to family reunification that children in foster care experience when they have a detained or deported parent. The author identifies federal and state legislation that helps to reduce these barriers and provides practice recommendations for child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and attorneys.

Kinship Care and Immigrant Families
FOCUS (Winter 2014)

Written by Lyn Morland, this article discusses resources for overcoming barriers to kinship placement with immigrant families.

FOCUS: Issue on Kinship Care
Foster Family-based Treatment Association (Winter 2014)

This issue of FOCUS covers a range of kinship care topics including the benefits associated with kinship placement, program models for delivering kinship care services, and strategies for supporting kinship care families.

Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (July 2013)

A collection of resources and fact sheets on SIJS, VAWA, U visa, T visa, Asylum, Family visas, TPS and DACA.

Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Courts
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (July 2010)

This is a national benchbook for juvenile and family court judges on various immigration related issues including: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, adoption, VAWA, U Visas, divorce, child custody, immigration consequences of delinquency and crime, and immigration enforcement.

International Solutions for Connecting U.S. Foster Care Children with Families
The Judges’ Page Newsletter (January 2010)

This issue of CASA’s monthly newsletter has a series of articles on interstate and international permanency court cases.

The Unique Challenges for Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System
Voice, Casey Family Services (Spring 2009)

This article describes how child welfare professionals in many jurisdictions are not prepared to meet the special needs of immigrant families.

Immigrants and Refugees: The Intersection of Migration and Child Welfare
Permanency Planning Today, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (Spring 2009)

This article is an excerpt of a webcast with Dr. Ilze Earner and Dr. Alan Dettlaff. The article addresses the importance of understanding immigration status, the meaning of cultural competence with immigrant families, and promising practices.

Intentions and Results: A Look Back at the Adoption and Safe Families Act 
Center for the Study of Social Policy & Urban Institute (2009)

This publication examines the effects of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, including, “The Impact of ASFA on Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System.”

Using Family Group Conferencing to Assist Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
American Humane Association (2008)

This brief describes the experiences of two family group conferencing coordinators in a real-life child welfare case scenario involving an international family group conference.

Adaption Guidelines for Serving Latino Children and Families Affected by Trauma
Workgroup on Adapting Latino Services, Chadwick Center for Children and Families (2008)

This publication addresses a number of priority areas to fit the needs of traumatized Latino children and families.