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The resources in this section include the latest research findings on the intersection of immigration and child welfare from leading child welfare and immigration scholars.

CICW Research Briefs:  The briefs in this series highlight the findings of original research on immigrant children and families involved in the child welfare system and discuss the critical policy and practice implications of these findings. Topics include barriers to concrete service use among immigrant families and findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW) on the characteristics, risk factors, and types of maltreatment identified in immigrant families.

Child Welfare Involvement:  Resources on this page include research briefs and reports that focus on immigrant children and families’ involvement in child welfare systems. 

Immigration Enforcement:  Resources on this page include research briefs and reports that address the impact of immigration enforcement on immigrant children and families and potential implications for child welfare systems. 

Protecting Children Journal Issues:  In 2006 and 2007, CICW, in collaboration with the American Humane Association, published two seminal volumes on the emerging issues associated with immigrant children and families and their involvement in the public child welfare system. These issues were published as part of American Humane’s quarterly journal for child welfare professionals, Protecting Children. The full text of these issues are included here.