Financial Eligibility including Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL)

Financial Eligibility including Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL)

Alan J. Dettlaff, PhD & Caitlin O’Grady, MSW (March 2015)

This brief focuses on issues related to foster care funding for immigrant youth in care. Undocumented immigrant youth are typically not eligible for federal foster care funding, which may pose challenges for child welfare practitioners. In response to these challenges, the policies in this brief provide guidance to child welfare agency staff on obtaining foster care funds for immigrant youth. Included are policies that outline the procedure for applying for Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) for undocumented minors. PRUCOL is not an immigration relief option, but rather a process through which undocumented children and youth become eligible for federal foster care funding.

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