Research Briefs

These CICW authored research briefs summarize recent research by CICW partners at the intersection of immigration and child welfare.

Why Do People Migrate?

By | Immigrant Families Research, Research Briefs, Research Highlight

Why Do People Migrate?: The Context of Migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States

Mary Lehman Held, Skye Allmang, Jayleen Galarza, Jennifer Scott, Iván A. de la Rosa; Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (October 2018)

This research brief explores some of the major push and pull factors for migration to the United States from Central America and Mexico.

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The Impacts of Parental Incarceration on Children and Families

By | Child Well-Being, CICW Publications, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Research Briefs, Research Highlight, Social Work, Trauma

The Impacts of Parental Incarceration on Children and Families

Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Erin Sugrue, Augsburg University; Jacquelynn Duron, Rutgers University; Dianne Ciro, San Diego State University; Amy Messex, New Mexico Highlands University; Scholars Taking Action for Families (STAFF): A CICW Workgroup (September 12, 2018)

This NEW CICW research brief summarizes recent findings on the negative consequences of parental incarceration on children and families, identifies the connection to detention of immigrant parents, and provides practice and policy recommendations.

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How do Immigrant Children and Families Experience Immigrant Detention?

By | Child Well-Being, CICW Publications, Detention, Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Research Briefs, Social Work, Trauma

How do Immigrant Children and Families Experience Immigrant Detention?

Thomas M. Crea, Boston College; Laurie Cook Heffron, St. Edwards University; Catherine LaBrenz, University of Texas at Austin; and Alejandra Ros Pilarz, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Scholars Taking Action for Families (STAFF): A CICW Workgroup  (September 12, 2018)

This CICW research brief reviews the existing literature on the impacts of immigration detention on children and families, and provides recommendations to support and promote their well-being.

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Research Brief: Immigrants at a Loss

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Child Well-Being, CICW Publications, Highlighted Resources, Parenting, Research Briefs, Research Highlight, Resources, Social Work

Immigrants at a Loss: The Need for Services that Promote Child Well-being Among Latino Families with Child Welfare Contact

Megan Finno-Velasquez, PhD and Sophia Sepp, Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (May 15, 2018)

This research brief highlights the central findings of a three-study dissertation that explored the needs of high-risk Latino families with child welfare contact and the barriers that exist in receiving services to meet those needs through a quantitative examination of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAWII).

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Barriers to Support Service Use for Latino Immigrant Families Reported to Child Welfare: Implications for Policy and Practice

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Family Violence, Foster Care, Language Issues, Research Briefs, Social Work, Trauma

Barriers to Support Service Use for Latino Immigrant Families Reported to Child Welfare: Implications for Policy and Practice

Megan Finno-Velasquez, MSW, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California School of Social Work (June 2014)

This brief highlights the findings of a study that explores the extent to which immigration status impacts referral to, and receipt of, concrete services by Latino families reported for child maltreatment. Data were drawn from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being II (NSCAW II), a federally funded and nationally representative sample of families investigated by child welfare agencies for maltreatment between April 2008 and September 2009. The brief concludes with recommendations for policy and practice.

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Latino Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Child Maltreatment, Child Well-Being, Family Violence, Immigrant Youth, Research Briefs, Social Work, Trauma

Latino Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

Findings From the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (Part II)

Alan J. Dettlaff, PhD, and Ilze Earner, PhD

Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW) on the characteristics, risk factors, and types of maltreatment in cases involving children of immigrants in the child welfare system. The findings reported in these briefs represent the first national data available on the presence of children of immigrants in the child welfare system. In addition, these findings identify significant differences in the presence of risk factors and types of maltreatment between children of immigrants and children of U.S.-born parents.

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Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Child Maltreatment, Child Well-Being, Family Violence, Immigrant Youth, Research Briefs, Social Work, Trauma

Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

Findings From the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (Part I)

Alan J. Dettlaff, PhD, and Ilze Earner, PhD

Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW) on the characteristics, risk factors, and types of maltreatment in cases involving children of immigrants in the child welfare system. The findings reported in these briefs represent the first national data available on the presence of children of immigrants in the child welfare system. In addition, these findings identify significant differences in the presence of risk factors and types of maltreatment between children of immigrants and children of U.S.-born parents.

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