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The Day That ICE Came: How Worksite Raids Are Once Again Harming Children and Families

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight

The Day That ICE Came: How Worksite Raids Are Once Again Harming Children and Families

Wendy Cervantes, Rebecca Ulrich, & Vanessa Meraz, CLASP (July 13, 2020)

CLASP conducted a study at three locations where ICE worksite raids were conducted in order to evaluate the impact on immigrant children and families. Findings shows severe adverse affects on the mental health and economic well-being of children, their parents, and their communities.

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The Majority of Low-Income Hispanic and Black Households Have Little-to-No Bank Access, Complicating Access to COVID Relief Funds

By | Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight

The Majority of Low-Income Hispanic and Black Households Have Little-to-No Bank Access, Complicating Access to COVID Relief Funds

Lina Guzman & Renee Ryberg, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (June 11, 2020)

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), 60% of low-income Hispanic and black households have very limited, if any, access to banks. This creates issues for families eligible for CARES Act stimulus checks.

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Hispanic Fathers Report Frequent Involvement in the Lives of their Children

By | Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight

Hispanic Fathers Report Frequent Involvement in the Lives of their Children

Elizabeth Wildsmith, Elizabeth Karberg, & Brooke Whitfield, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (June 8th, 2020)

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families looked at cross-sectional data sets collected by the National Survey of Family Growth to evaluate Hispanic fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives, both U.S. born and non-U.S. born. The data showed that Hispanic fathers, regardless of where they were born, were heavily involved in their children’s lives reporting engagement, warmth, and caregiving activities.

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Do States’ Immigrant Family Policies Improve the Health of Children of Immigrants?

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Research, Research Highlight

Do States’ Immigrant-Friendly Policies Improve the Health of Children of Immigrants?

Heather Koball & Seth Hartig, National Center for Children in Poverty  (April, 2020)

This study investigated the impact of immigrant-friendly policies on health outcomes for children of immigrants. The study found that in states with sanctuary policies and where undocumented immigrants could access driver licenses children’s preventative health outcomes improved.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic is Straining Families’ Abilities to Afford Basic Needs

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The COVID-19 Pandemic is Straining Families’ Abilities to Afford Basic Needs: Low-Income and Hispanic Families the Hardest Hit

Michael Karpman, Stephen Zuckerman, Dulce Gonzalez, & Genevieve M. Kenney, Urban Institute (April, 2020)

The Urban Institute surveyed adults across the country to understand the impact of COVID-19 and found that low-income and people of color have been hit the hardest.

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Determinants of Health and Well-Being for Children of Immigrants: Moving From Evidence to Action

By | Child Well-Being, Research, Research Highlight

Determinants of Health and Well-Being for Children of Immigrants: Moving From Evidence to Action

Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Ph.D., & Jennifer Medina Vaughn, M.S., Foundation for Child Development (October 9, 2019)

This paper utilizes a public health framework to situate the physical and mental health and well-being of children in low-income, immigrant families into a broader sociopolitical context.

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One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Reported Avoiding Public Benefit Programs in 2018

By | Child Well-Being, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight

One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Reported Avoiding Public Benefit Programs in 2018

Hamutal Bernstein, Dulce Gonzalez, Michael Karpman, & Stephen Zuckerman, Urban Institute (May 2019)

In this brief, we use unique data from a nationally representative, internet-based survey conducted in December 2018 to provide the first systematic evidence on the extent of chilling effects among immigrant families before release of a final public charge rule.

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Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs and Promising Policies

By | Child Welfare System Research, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Law & Policy, Practice, Research, Social Workers, State Policy

Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs and Promising Policies

Mark Greenberg, Randy Capps, Andrew Kalweit, Jennifer Grishkin, and Ann Flagg, Migration Policy Institute (April 2019)

Some states and localities have developed specialized policies and practices for working with children in immigrant families, though these vary considerably. This report explores this diversity of approaches, drawing on interviews with child welfare officials from 14 states, six counties, and New York City. For each of nine key issues—ranging from agency staffing and training, to language access policies and cooperation with foreign consulates—the researchers identify a recommended approach and discuss relevant policies and practices.

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Mitigating the Effects of Trauma among Young Children of Immigrants and Refugees: The Role of Early Childhood Programs

By | Early Childhood, Immigrant Youth, Research, Research Highlight, Topics

Mitigating the Effects of Trauma among Young Children of Immigrants and Refugees: The Role of Early Childhood Programs

Maki Park and Caitlin Katsiaficas, Migration Policy Institute (April 2019)

A child’s early years are a time of exceptional growth, and ones that can be profoundly affected by traumatic experiences. Research has firmly disproven the idea that infants and toddlers are “too young” to be affected by such experiences, leading to an increased awareness of the need for trauma-informed services for children. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs have the potential to play a central role in identifying and addressing the effects of trauma, with lifelong benefits.

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