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.

Webinar-Ensuring Immigration Courts Consider Children’s Best Interests

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Webinar-Ensuring Immigration Courts Consider Children’s Best Interests

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (June 22, 2021)

This webinar discusses the Young Center’s work and advocacy around the incorporation of a “best interests mandate” into federal law and policy.

Including Family Outside the U.S. in Permanency Planning for Children in Care Webinar

By | Foster Care, Legal Professionals, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Transnational Resources

Including Family Outside the U.S. in Permanency Planning for Children in Care Webinar

International Social Service-USA (September 19, 2019)

This webinar reviews family finding, permanency planning, and concurrent planning for all cases, including those with families who reside outside of the state and country; provides resources for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), Guardians Ad Litem, attorneys and other stakeholders; and highlight ISS network services.

Protecting Immigrant Students’ Rights to a Public Education

By | Immigrant Youth, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Youth & Families

Protecting Immigrant Students’ Rights to a Public Education

Southern Poverty Law Center (June 2021)

These guides for families, advocates, educators and school administrators provide resources to better understand schools’ and districts’ responsibilities to immigrant students and families and to address language access and enrollment barriers in public elementary and secondary schools. These resources are available in multiple languages.

Webinar: Serving LGBTQIA Children Who Are Seeking Protection

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Webinar: Serving LGBTQIA Children Who Are Seeking Protection

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (March 25, 2021)

This webinar explores the strengths and challenges that LGBTQIA children encounter when they seek protection in the United States.  The panel of experts that participated in the webinar discuss how they have worked with this population and offer recommendations for improving the immigration system so that it can better support immigrant LGBTQIA youth.

Trauma-Informed Care Model for Immigrant Hispanic and Latino Clients

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Highlighted Resources, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma

Trauma-Informed Care Model for Immigrant Hispanic and Latino Clients

National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (March 2021) 

This informative booklet presents trauma-informed approaches and trauma-specific treatment services as preferable models to manage Latino populations’ culturally specific experiences to increase engagement and improve treatment outcomes.

Connecting Cross-Border Families

By | Family Separation, Foster Care, Highlighted Resources, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Transnational Resources, Unaccompanied Minors

Connecting Cross-Border Families 

Child Welfare Information Gateway (November 13, 2020) 

In this podcast, Elaine Weisman of the ISS-USA discusses topics relating to cross-border cases, including resources for caseworkers seeking to reunify families separated at the border and how current laws and policies can impact agencies working across borders. 

Best Practices for Safe Repatriation Advocacy

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Practice, Practice Highlight, Safety, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Best Practices for Safe Repatriation Advocacy  

The Young Center (October, 2020) 

Encouraging practitioners to operate from a trauma-informed lens when working with unaccompanied and separated immigrant children, this practice guide illustrates critical steps towards ensuring safe repatriation. The guide offers essential tips when working directly with clients and information regarding advocacy work with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), consulates, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   

Making Service Delivery Relevant for Latino Families during COVID-19 through Responsive Adaptation

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

Making Service Delivery Relevant for Latino Families during COVID-19 through Responsive Adaptation 

Desiree Murray, Lina Guzman, & Melissa J. Perez, National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (September 23, 2020) 

The circumstances of COVID-19 have made the already vulnerable Latino population more susceptible to higher mortality, job loss, and mental health symptomatology. Agencies that serve these communities are not exempt from the effects as well. This resource details the results of a panel discussion among four such organizations, how they have adapted their services, and what key principles can be taken away from their responsive approaches.

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How can child protection agencies support families and children who lack lawful immigration status?

By | Deportation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics

How can child protection agencies support families and children who lack lawful immigration status?

California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (June 22, 2020)

This resource covers resources and strategies to best support immigrant families that do not have documented status within the United States.

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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.
Child Welfare Best Practice Handout

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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