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Keeping Safe! Bilingual Safety Guides for Children and Teens
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (2013)

These children’s and teenager’s guides to personal safety are the first publications created for unaccompanied youth themselves. The guides were developed to assist young people in knowing their rights while they are in the United States to help keep them safe so they can thrive in their life journeys.

Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning & Healthy DevelopmentSupporting Early Learning & Healthy Development
Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (2013)
An illustrated handbook for newcomer families parenting young children! Building on the original BRYCS publication, “Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook,” this new handbook addresses the following themes: Family Well-Being, Safety and Protection, Guidance and Discipline, Healthy Brain Development, Early Learning and School Readiness, and Connecting to Early Care and Education. The handbook is now in English and will be available soon in Arabic and Spanish.

Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence – A Guide for FamiliesChildren’s Exposure to Violence – A Guide for Families
Safe Start Center (2008)
This publication and companion quick reference card was created for parents and other caregivers to describe the signs and symptoms of exposure to violence, as well as some of the effects of exposure on children at various stages of development. The guide emphasizes the critical importance of the parent’s role in supporting children exposed to violence and provides practical strategies to support healing that parents can incorporate in daily interactions.

Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant YouthA Guide for Immigrant Youth
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (2014)
This resource is designed to help both documented and undocumented immigrant youth know their rights. Topics include Do You Know Your Immigration Status, 10 Things Every Undocumented Youth Should Know, 11 Things Every Youth with A Green Card Should Know, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability).

Raising Children in a New Country – An Illustrated HandbookAn Illustrated Handbook
Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (2007)
This booklet was created for agencies serving refugees and immigrants to ensure that newcomer parents have the basic information they need about U.S. laws and parenting practices. The booklet targets newcomer parents with low levels of English proficiency and/or low literacy levels.