Conferences

The CICW (formerly MCWNN) has held multiple national conferences focusing on the intersection of immigration and child welfare. Learn more by exploring conference programs, reports, and individual presentations.

CICW Roundtable 2017 Report

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Mitigating Risks of Child Welfare Involvement for Children and Families Affected by Immigration Enforcement

Hosted by the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO NOVEMBER 6-7, 2017

The goal of the Roundtable, and of the CICW Strategic Planning meeting that occurred the following day, was to create opportunities for collaboration, resource sharing, and establishment of new practice, policy, and research priorities.

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MCWNN 2009: Child Well-Being in the United States

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MCWNN 2009: Child Well-Being in the United States

Delivered at the Third National MCWNN Forum at University of Texas, School of Social Work, San Antonio, TX (January 2009)
Presenters: Luis E. Flores, Serving Children and Adolescents in Need, Inc., Texas; Judge Oscar G. Gabaldón, Jr., Judicial District Child Protection Court, Texas; Sandra Rodriguez, Child Protective Services, Texas; and Deborah Escobedo, Youth Law Center, California

This session focused on the state of immigrant children and families in the child welfare system and how their well-being ties into Casey Family Program’s 2020 vision. Addressing the needs of migrant children and families is a key component of system change efforts to improve permanency outcomes and mitigate disproportionality for youths of color in the child welfare system. The unique issues and needs faced by migrant children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system were also discussed, along with. the challenges and promising practices involved with addressing the judicial, permanency, education and mental health needs of migrant children and families.

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MCWNN 2009: Texas Immigration and Child Welfare Learning Laboratory: Preliminary Findings

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MCWNN 2009: Texas Immigration and Child Welfare Learning Laboratory: Preliminary Findings

Delivered at the Third National MCWNN Forum at University of Texas, School of Social Work, San Antonio, TX (January 2009)
Presenters: Raquel Flores and Lara Bruce, American Humane Association, Colorado

Over the past few months, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the American Humane Association have supported a qualitative study of the child welfare practices that affect immigrant children and families who come to the attention of public child welfare in the San Antonio area, specifically the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Region 8. The presenters discussed preliminary findings.

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MCWNN 2009: Opening Remarks: A Collaborative Effort That Advances the Issues Identified at the Intersection of Migration and Child Welfare, and the Road Ahead

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MCWNN 2009: Opening Remarks: A Collaborative Effort That Advances the Issues Identified at the Intersection of Migration and Child Welfare, and the Road Ahead

Delivered at the Third National MCWNN Forum at University of Texas, School of Social Work, San Antonio, TX (January 2009)
Presenter: Sonia Velazquez, American Humane Association, Colorado

The unique regional focus of this roundtable led to a collective examination of practical and local issues that child welfare agencies confront when serving large numbers of immigrant families and children living in border communities who share a number of characteristics. The conference looked at how each side of the border defines child and family well-being, how these interpretations translate into transnational opportunities for collaboration and how, on the other hand, they might have resulted in barriers to policy, practice, research and system support.

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MCWNN 2009: Barriers to and Receipt of TANF and Implications for Well-Being Among “Not-Qualified” Latino Immigrant Families in a Rural California County

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MCWNN 2009: Barriers to and Receipt of TANF and Implications for Well-Being Among “Not-Qualified” Latino Immigrant Families in a Rural California County

Delivered at the Third National MCWNN Forum at University of Texas, School of Social Work, San Antonio, TX (January 2009)
Presenter: Richard Speiglman, Child and Family Policy Institute, California

Citizen children with undocumented parents are eligible for “child-only” TANF grants. In such cases, the adults and many of the children are not part of the assistance unit because they are considered “not qualified” immigrants. With funding provided by the American Humane Association, researchers at the Child and Family Policy Institute of California, Urban Institute and American Humane conducted a case study in one California county. The study examined how families with and without adult cash assistance make do; the barriers to receipt of benefits for eligible family members; services children need that, were they available, might promote optimum development; and possible compromise to children’s general well-being — and hence the potential role of the child welfare system — from minimal TANF support.

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MCWNN 2008: Joining Forces: Ensuring the Safety and Well-Being of Immigrant Children

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MCWNN 2008: Joining Forces: Ensuring the Safety and Well-Being of Immigrant Children

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

The National Forum included a joint session with the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Immigrant Children Lawyers Network, which brought together professionals from the legal community and child welfare agencies to focus on issues that affect them both within the arena of immigration and child welfare. Over the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has intensified immigration enforcement activities by conducting several large-scale worksite raids across the country. From an in-depth study of three communities, this report details the impact of these raids on the well-being of children. The report provides detailed recommendations to a variety of stakeholders to help mitigate the harmful effects of worksite raids on children.

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MCWNN 2008: Panel Session: The Future Federal Policy Landscape and State Child Welfare Law Changes

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MCWNN 2008: Panel Session: The Future Federal Policy Landscape and State Child Welfare Law Changes

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

This session explored federal immigration and child welfare legislative developments that could occur between mid-2008 and the end of 2009 and that could positively affect immigrant children and families in need of child protection and child welfare services. It also examined an agenda for potential changes of state child welfare laws and regulations that would enhance service provision to immigrant children and families.

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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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