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Sophia Sepp

The psychological effects of forced family separation on asylum-seeking children and parents at the US-Mexico border: A qualitative analysis of medico-legal documents

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight, Trauma

The psychological effects of forced family separation on asylum-seeking children and parents at the US-Mexico border: A qualitative analysis of medico-legal documents

Kathryn Hampton, Elsa Raker, Hajar Habbach, Linda Camaj Deda, Michele Heisler, and Ranit Mishori; PLOS ONE (November 24, 2021)

This study explored narratives from parents and children separated as a result of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Data indicated significant negative mental health outcomes even after reunification.

Toolkit – Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family

By | Adoption, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Family Separation, Foster Care, Immigration Enforcement, Kinship Care, Language Issues, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Toolkits, Handbooks, Guides & Books, Trauma

Toolkit – Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family

Generations United (November 21, 2021)

This new toolkit provides resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement.

The Invisible Work of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers and its Importance for Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Early Childhood, Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight, State Policies

The Invisible Work of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers and its Importance for Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families

Maki Park & Jasmine Flores Pena, Migration Policy Institute (December 2021)

This brief reviews the importance of family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care for immigrant and dual language learner families and the barriers these caregivers encounter in accessing public subsidies and other supportive resources. It also provides recommendations to improve support of FFN caregivers.

Working with Immigrant Children and Families Involved in the State Child Welfare System

By | Foster Care, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight

Working with Immigrant Children and Families Involved in the State Child Welfare System

American Bar Association, Children’s Immigration Law Academy (2021)

This webinar series reviews best practice for attorneys when working with child welfare system involved immigrant children and families, focusing on the different roles of the child welfare agency, the child’s attorney, and the parent’s attorney.

KIND and the End SIJS Backlog Coalition Endorse the Immigrant Victim and Witness Protection Act of 2021 (H.R. 6078)

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

KIND and the End SIJS Backlog Coalition Endorse the Immigrant Victim and Witness Protection Act of 2021 (H.R. 6078)

Kids in Need of Defense [KIND] (December 16, 2021)

This policy brief provides background and an overview of the recently introduced Immigrant Victim and Witness Protection Act, which would remove the annual limit on visas for SIJS recipients and provide important protections to immigrant survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, and other harms.

Gov. DeSantis not budging on a move that will force hundreds of migrant kids out of FL

By | In the News

Gov. DeSantis not budging on a move that will force hundreds of migrant kids out of FL

Katie LaGrone, ABC Action News (December 6, 2021)

Florida’s Governor stands by his executive order which directs the state’s Department of Children and Families not to renew the licenses of shelters and foster homes providing temporary care to unaccompanied migrant children.

“Just unacceptable”: Bipartisan Senate report criticizes HHS over shelters for migrant children

By | In the News

“Just unacceptable”: Bipartisan Senate report criticizes HHS over shelters for migrant children

Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal (December 7, 2021)

Despite a recent bipartisan report highlighting concerning oversight issues with government contractors that care for migrant children, the Biden administration renewed contracts with two of those contractors.