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 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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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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Detained or Deported: What about my children?

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Parenting, Practice, Practice Highlight, Resources, Social Workers, Toolkits, Handbooks, Guides & Books, Youth & Families

Detained or Deported: What about my children?

Emily Butera, Dana Chou, Jessica Jones & Joanne Kelsey, Women’s Refugee Commission (Updated 2019)

This toolkit, available in both English and Spanish, provides information for detained parents and their advocates on how to prevent their children from entering the child welfare system, how to navigate the child welfare system, and how to make arrangements for their children when their immigration case ends. This toolkit will be available in all detention facilities that hold adults for more than 72 hours.

Access Toolkit in English Access Toolkit in Spanish Supplement with 2019 Updates

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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