Resources for Social Workers

Resources on this page include information on the unique issues and challenges facing immigrant children and families and emerging and promising practices that can be used to facilitate culturally responsive practice with these families.

Best Practices to Support Immigrant Families Involved in the Child Welfare System

By | Social Workers, Workshop Resources

Best Practices to Support Immigrant Families Involved in the Child Welfare System

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (April 2019)
This document highlights best practices with respect to child welfare agency policy & procedure, workforce training, law and policy, transnational practice, and cross-systems collaboration to support immigrant families.
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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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How Early Childhood Providers Can Create “Safe Space” Policies

By | Early Childhood, Immigrant Youth, Legal Professionals, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Youth & Families

How Early Childhood Providers Can Create “Safe Space” Policies

Rebecca Ullrich, CLASP (April 2019)

CLASP has released a guide to creating “safe space” policies for early childhood programs. Safe-space policies safeguard programs against immigration enforcement actions and protect families’ safety and privacy. In this guide, advocates, providers, and policymakers will find information about developing and implementing safe-space policies, sample policy text that can be adapted by individual early childhood programs, and a list of key resources for providers and parents.

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Approaches to Protect Children’s Access to Health and Human Services in an Era of Harsh Immigration Policy

By | Child Well-Being, Highlighted Resources, Research Highlight, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Approaches to Protect Children’s Access to Health and Human Services in an Era of Harsh Immigration Policy

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ajay Chaudry, Sarah Rendon Garcia, Heather Koball, & Trenel Francis, NYU Institute of Human Development and Change (March 28, 2019)

This report highlights key barriers facing low-income immigrant families in the U.S. immigration policy and enforcement context and discusses strategies that aim to mitigate or overcome barriers to safety-net program access for low-income immigrant families.

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Advocating for the International Child

By | Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Advocating for the International Child

Susannah Volpe and Pamela Kemp, National Association of Counsel for Children Conference (August 2017)

This article provides an overview of legal options, advocacy strategies, and useful tools for navigating situations in which child welfare and child protection work intersects with immigration enforcement.

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Webinar: Food Insecurity and Access to Health Care: Critical Issues for the Development of Young Children of Immigrants

By | Child Well-Being, Early Childhood, Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Youth & Families

Webinar: Food Insecurity and Access to Health Care: Critical Issues for the Development of Young Children of Immigrants

Foundation for Child Development (February 2019)
This webinar provides an in-depth look at the negative impact of food insecurity on the health of young children of immigrants in the U.S.  A special focus is given to understanding connections between household food insecurity, family and neighborhood characteristics, and young children’s development.
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Viaje A Tu Seguridad

By | Highlighted Resources, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Unaccompanied Minors, Youth & Families

Viaje A Tu Seguridad

KIND (February 19, 2019)

This is a publication in comic book form for unaccompanied children to help them understand asylum and the process of seeking asylum in the United States. It is also to be used as a resource for those who work with unaccompanied children.

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Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project (CMRRP)

By | Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Unaccompanied Minors, Youth & Families

Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project (CMRRP)

KIND (February 11, 2018)

Learn more about KIND’s Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project (CMRRP) and how it helps unaccompanied children returning to Guatemala and Honduras from the United States.  KIND and its partners have helped children by ensuring they are returned to their communities safely and receive reintegration support such as family reunification, skills training, counseling, and help with school enrollment and scholarships.

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Filing Immigration Enforcement Civil Rights Complaints for Violations of the “Sensitive Locations” Policy At or Near Your School

By | Legal Professionals, Practice, Social Workers

Filing Immigration Enforcement Civil Rights Complaints for Violations of the “Sensitive Locations” Policy At or Near Your School

National Immigration Law Center (January 2019)

This resource includes a complaint form along with instructions which may be used by any schools, individuals, or organizations that have individual or collective complaints about local law enforcement officers or immigration officials violating the “sensitive locations” memos at or near you school (or other locations) or committing misconduct, racial profiling, or other civil rights abuses in the course of enforcing immigration laws.

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The Protection Gauntlet: How the United States is Blocking Access to Asylum Seekers and Endangering the Lives of Children at the U.S. Border.

By | Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics

The Protection Gauntlet: How the United States is Blocking Access to Asylum Seekers and Endangering the Lives of Children at the U.S. Border.

Kids in Need of Defense (December 21, 2018)

This is a report from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) documenting their visit to formal and informal refugee camps and shelters in Tijuana, Mexico to observe the conditions that unaccompanied children are facing and their ability to access U.S. protection. They found children living in squalid conditions and suffering greatly while waiting to be allowed to present at the port of entry.

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Migrant Caravan: The Need to Address Root Causes

By | Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Resources, Social Workers, Topics, Trauma, Youth & Families

Migrant Caravan: The Need to Address Root Causes

Kids in Need of Defense (October 24, 2018)

The migrant caravan underscores the dire need to address the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States, including the pervasive violence that forces children without parents and families with young children to embark on a life-threatening journey of thousands of miles to seek safety in the United States.

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Estimated Impacts of the Proposed Public Charge Rule on Immigrants and Medicaid

By | Highlighted Resources, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Practice, Practice Highlight, Resources, Social Workers, Topics

Estimated Impacts of the Proposed Public Charge Rule on Immigrants and Medicaid

Samantha Artiga, Rachel Garfield, and Anthony Damico, Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation (October 11, 2018)

This analysis provides new estimates of the potential impacts from the proposed changes to the public charge rule. Using 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation data, it examines the (1) share of noncitizens who originally entered the U.S. without LPR status who have characteristics that DHS could potentially weigh negatively in a public charge determination and (2) number of individuals who would disenroll from Medicaid under different scenarios.

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Addressing the Intergenerational Mental Health Needs of Refugee Families with Young Children

By | Early Childhood, Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Trauma, Youth & Families

Addressing the Intergenerational Mental Health Needs of Refugee Families with Young Children

Migration Policy Institute (September 24, 2018)

Experts on this webinar discuss efforts being undertaken in Maryland to serve refugee families with young children through tailored, trauma-informed approaches that address their specific mental health needs.

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Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Kinship Care, Legal Professionals, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Youth & Families

Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration

Generations United (2018)

This report highlights the additional hurdles faced by grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent’s detention or deportation. Those hurdles include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children’s needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies.

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Serving Separated and Reunited Families: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward to Promote Family Unity

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Youth & Families

Serving Separated and Reunited Families: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward to Promote Family Unity

Ashley Feasley, Melissa Hastings, Maria Celina Marquez, Dawnya Underwood, Sam Williams, & Nina Zelic, Migration and Refugee Services and Legal Immigrant Resource Center (October 18, 2018)

The purpose of this report is to share insights and information on the social services provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) in response to the family separation crisis. The report also highlights ongoing work, and provides recommendations for policymakers, elected officials, and child welfare experts.

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