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MCWNN 2008: Panel Session: What We Know About Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System

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MCWNN 2008: Panel Session: What We Know About Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System: The Current State of Research Knowledge

Delivered at the Second National MCWNN Forum at Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL (April 2008)

In this session, leading national experts on the intersection of immigration and child welfare discussed the current state of empirical knowledge concerning immigrant children and families who have come to the attention of child welfare systems. The panelists presented the results from recent national, state and local studies, and discussed the needs and direction for future research. Implications for using this research to inform practice were also presented.

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MCWNN 2008: Advanced Legal Issues on the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare Law

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MCWNN 2008: Advanced Legal Issues on the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare Law

Delivered at the Second National MCWNN Forum at Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL (April 2008)

Safety, permanency and well-being are three conceptual measures built into today’s child welfare law and practice. How can these principles be applied on behalf of undocumented children in need of child welfare agency services and to the immigration proceedings they face? How might child welfare agencies better identify and help address immigration issues affecting abused, neglected and abandoned children? How can immigration attorneys and child welfare attorneys effectively collaborate in connection with juvenile court and immigration proceedings affecting the same children? This session examined these and related issues and provided information on advanced resources useful to child welfare workers, lawyers and others who work in both “systems.”

 

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MCWNN 2008: Interagency Cooperation: Collaboration as Best Practice

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MCWNN 2008: Interagency Cooperation: Collaboration as Best Practice

Delivered at the Second National MCWNN Forum at Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL (April 2008)

Participants discussed case scenarios, provided by International Social Service – USA and Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services, that involve an essential interagency component. Case examples included refugee or asylum applications, family reunification, intercountry custody and home-study issues. The cases involved individuals or families in need of a range of resources from a wide variety of agencies. Specific attention was given to how agencies can collaborate with each other across disciplines to resolve complex cross-border issues.

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MCWNN 2008: The Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare: Emerging Issues and Implications

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MCWNN 2008: The Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare: Emerging Issues and Implications

Held at Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL (April 2008)

Building from the first roundtable, the 2nd National Forum of MCWNN focused on emerging issues and implications at the intersection of immigration and child welfare.

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Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence – A Guide for Families

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Family Violence, Immigrant Youth, Parenting, Practice, Resources, Social Work, Trauma, Youth & Families

Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’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.

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Using Family Group Conferencing to Assist Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System

By | Practice, Resources, Social Workers

Using Family Group Conferencing to Assist Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System

American Humane Association (2008)

This brief describes the experiences of two family group conferencing coordinators in a real-life child welfare case scenario involving an international family group conference.

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The Intersection of Migration and Child Welfare

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Protecting Children Journals, Social Work, Trauma

The Intersection of Migration and Child Welfare: Emerging Issues and Implications

Protecting Children (Vol. 22, No. 2, 2007)

The six articles contained in this volume addressed violence in immigrant families, tools to assist with culturally competent child welfare practice, issues for public child welfare administrators, Latino children of immigrants in the Texas child welfare system, and immigrant children in federal custody and the obstacles associated with their involvement.

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Sample Article: Latino Children of Immigrants in the Texas Child Welfare System

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Protecting Children Journals, Social Work, Trauma

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Latino Children of Immigrants in the Texas Child Welfare System

Protecting Children (Vol. 22, No. 2, 2007)

Tracy Vericker, MPA, Daniel Keuhn, BA, & Randy Capps, PhD

The distinctive characteristics and experiences of immigrant families have significant implications for child welfare practice and the outcomes for families involved with child welfare authorities. This article presents the results of a study that uses a unique dataset, composed of child welfare administrative data matched to birth records from Texas, to assess differences in the child welfare outcomes for children of immigrants and those for natives.

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Foster Care Placement Settings and Permanency Planning: Patterns by Child Generation and Ethnicity

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Child Welfare System Research, Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Foster Care, Immigrant Youth, Research, Resources, Social Work, Trauma

Foster Care Placement Settings and Permanency Planning: Patterns by Child Generation and Ethnicity

Tracy Vericker, Daniel Kuehn, Randolph Capps, Urban Institute (May 7, 2007)

A brief from a series of studies which provide estimates of first- and second-generation immigrant children in out-of-home care and the experiences of those children in the Texas child welfare system.

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