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Immigration Law and Social Work Practice (December 2012)
Developed by Lora Pierce (NASW-CA), Yali Lincroft (First Focus), Eliana Kaimowitz (California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation), & Ken Borelli (Child Welfare Policy Consultant) for the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter

This training program is a free online course that provides 2 Social Work Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The course was designed to provide social workers and mental health practitioners nationwide with a better understanding of U.S. immigration law, and how its enforcement impacts individuals, families, communities, and the nation.


A Child Welfare/Immigration Case Example (2012)
This case example involves an actual case and questions that were posed to the Immigrant Children’s Lawyers Network. Comments were provided by a dependency attorney, two retired child welfare agency directors, and an immigration/child welfare consultant.


Immigration Law and Enforcement: An Overview for Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers California Chapter is offering this free online course that provides an overview of immigration law and the impact of immigration enforcement on children, families, and communities. Social workers may earn 2 CEU’s for completion of this course.


Child Welfare Training Curricula for Staff Working with Refugees and Immigrants
Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS) maintains an online database of training curricula that address multiple issues associated with immigrant children and families’ involvement with child protection and child welfare systems.


Legal Residency for Juveniles: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Violence Against Women Act
This brief training resource was developed by CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center) and is designed to inform child welfare staff on SIJS and VAWA. Two resources are provided – one for supervisors and managers, the other for child welfare workers. Each training is designed to last about one hour, so that it may be provided during a regular meeting, such as a unit meeting.


Working with Immigrant Children and Families: A Practice Model (2009)
This training curriculum was developed by the State of Georgia, Department of Human Resources, Division of Family & Children Services, in collaboration with the Georgia State University School of Social Work. The training was developed for use in public child welfare agencies and other non-profit child welfare agencies. Materials include a Trainer’s Guide and a Participant Guide.

Download the Trainer’s Guide

Download the Participant Guide


Culturally Competent Practice with Latino Children and Families (2005)
This training curriculum was developed for use in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The goal of the curriculum is to build competency for practice with Latino children and families using a Systems of Care model. Although the curriculum addresses Latino families broadly, it contains an emphasis on immigrant families. The development of the curriculum was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.

Download the Instructor’s Manual

Download the Participant Manual