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Child Well-Being

Heightened immigration enforcement impacts US citizens’ birth outcomes: Evidence from early ICE interventions in North Carolina

By | Child Well-Being, Early Childhood, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight

Heightened immigration enforcement impacts US citizens’ birth outcomes: Evidence from early ICE interventions in North Carolina 

Romina Tome, Marcos A. Rangel, Christina M. Gibson-Davis, and Laura Bellows (February 3, 2021) 

In an attempt to understand the potential impact of immigration enforcement policies, namely the implementation of Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, researchers analyze the newborn health and prenatal service utilization of three different groups at different levels of exposure to ICE activities. Results indicate that groups with more risk of harm due to this program had lower birth weights and lowered incidents of receiving prenatal care. 

Rapid Evidence Assessment: What Works to Protect Children on the Move

By | Child Well-Being, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Research, Research Highlight, Social Work, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

Rapid Evidence Assessment: What Works to Protect Children on the Move 

UNHCR (July 2020) 

In response to the evidence gap surrounding what does and does not work for migrant and displaced children “on the move” and by reviewing relevant literature, this assessment seeks to answer three questions – what interventions have proven most effective in protecting children, what factors of implementation make these interventions effective or ineffective, and what systems of child protection and social welfare make them effective? 

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Transnational Resources, Unaccompanied Minors

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

UNICEF (February 2021) 

This report from UNICEF provides a roadmap of practice in the humane reception of unaccompanied children. Utilizing examples from both the United States and abroad, it provides eight recommendations that span the work of international child rights, domestic child welfare, and immigration to create an environment that functions in the best interest of children.

How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Early Childhood, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Practice, Practice Highlight, Topics, Youth & Families

How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs 

¡Colorín Colorado! (December 2018) 

This guide provides an exhaustive list of over 50 strategies for educators in schools and early childhood programs to establish responsive environments for immigrant children and their families. Each strategy covers why it is important, how to get started, recommended resources and videos, and examples from the field. 

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border 

Ann Garcia, CLINIC (December 1, 2020) 

This transition paper discusses the impact of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigrant families separated at the border. It then offers five policy recommendations that can be undertaken in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. 

A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics, Unaccompanied Minors

A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody 

National Center for Youth Law (January 2021) 

This two-part briefing describes how federal policy during the last year of the Trump administration has impacted immigrant children and how Congress can legislate comprehensive federal policy for children in federal immigration custody. Specific recommendations describe how the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security could address children’s needs while in custody to ensure their rights are protected. 

Unseen Costs: The Direct and Indirect Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies on Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being

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

Unseen Costs: The Direct and Indirect Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies on Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being

Joseph Mattingly II, Laurel Kiser, Sherika Hill, Ernestine C. Briggs, Carrie Purbeck Trunzo, Zafar Zafari, and Theresa S. Betancourt, Journal of Traumatic Stress (August 13, 2020)

Utilizing economic modeling techniques, this study examines the literal direct and indirect costs of the Zero-Tolerance Policy upon the children who were separated from their parents at the border. Estimates from the study indicate that, compared to a baseline “No Detention” scenario, zero-tolerance migration policy cost more per child and proved to be of more significant expense to our healthcare system. The authors surmise that such policy is not only morally distressing but also economically disadvantageous. 

Immigrants and the COVID Vaccine: What Do I Need to Know?

By | Child Well-Being, Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Legal/Law, Safety

Immigrants and the COVID Vaccine: What Do I Need to Know? 

North Carolina Justice Center (January 25, 2021) 

In response to the confusion and the spreading of misinformation surrounding immigrants’ eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this flyer seeks to clarify basic information about the vaccine, such as its cost and availability. The flyer is available in several languages other than English.  

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Immigrant Children & Families: A Call to Action” as part of COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses

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

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Immigrant Children & Families: A Call to Action” as part of COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses

Jesse Ramirez and Kristina Lovato, CWLA Press (2020)

This essay (page 35) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic issues of inequality in the health care system and economy for Latinx immigrant children and families in the United States. It concludes with a call to action to address related macro- and mezzo-level systemic weaknesses impacting this population.

Disruptions to Child Care Arrangements and Work Schedules for Low-Income Hispanic Families are Common and Costly

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

Disruptions to Child Care Arrangements and Work Schedules for Low-Income Hispanic Families are Common and Costly

Kevin Ferreira van Leer, Danielle A. Crosby, and Julia Mendez, National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (January 27, 2021)

This research article looks at the impacts of child care arrangement disruptions on low-income Hispanic families as well as the relevance of this issue during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.