The CICW strengthens and supports state and local agencies committed to the welfare of immigrant families and children involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the public child welfare system. We work collaboratively and in partnership with service providers, helping build capacity to promote positive outcomes for immigrant families and their children with regard to safety, permanency, and well-being.
The CICW provides a centralized source of high-level training and technical assistance (T&TA) by phone, email, video conferencing, and on-site visits. The CICW provides direct access to T&TA from leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of child welfare and immigration law and policy. For a list of our consultants, see our T&TA provider page.
Brief consultations by phone and email are offered free of charge. We are currently funded to provide T&TA to child welfare systems in California, including a limited number of on-site consultations and trainings. We also provide T&TA throughout the U.S. and internationally (fees are negotiable).
In 2014, the CICW has responded to training and technical assistance requests from state and local agencies in over 20 states regarding various topics and situations:
- County child welfare agency aiming to improve services to local immigrant populations
- Access to community services for undocumented immigrants involved in the child welfare system
- Services for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the U.S. southern border
- Coordination with a family’s country of origin Consular Office regarding possible removal of the family’s child
- Immigration relief for an undocumented child aging out of foster care
- Interpretation for an indigenous Central American child who did not speak Spanish
- Immigrant family from Africa in conflict with the child welfare system
- Local resources for a refugee in Asia whose separated children ended up in U.S. foster care
- The rights of incarcerated immigrant parents in child welfare proceedings
- Out-of-country placement for children in transnational families
- Kinship care for immigrant families
- Family reunification for a mother and her children following the mother’s deportation
Visit our Resources page for on-line training, toolkits, briefs, and other publications.