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.

How to Support Unaccompanied Immigrant Children & Youth Students in U.S. Schools

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

How to Support Unaccompanied Immigrant Children & Youth Students in U.S. Schools

Kids in Need of Defense-KIND (June 29, 2021)

This fact sheet provides information on unaccompanied immigrant children and how school districts can provide support to these children within their school and community.

Working with Immigrant Families Regardless of Legal Status: Spreading and Adapting 2 Gen Practices

By | Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Practice Highlight, Social Workers

Working with Immigrant Families Regardless of Legal Status: Spreading and Adapting 2 Gen Practices

Karen Murrell, Vikki Rompalla, Susana Garcia, Julia DeNatale & Margie McHugh, The Aspen Institute (September 16, 2021)

This webinar is the second of a four-part series discussing strategies from three organizations on how to provide 2Gen services to immigrant children and families experience status issues.

Read with Your Child and Learn about Being and Becoming a Citizen Together!

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Read with Your Child and Learn about Being and Becoming a Citizen Together!

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (September 2020)

This webpage provides a compilation of books from CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration for young readers about the importance of diversity, the immigrant families’ journeys to the U.S. and the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen.

Building Trust with Immigrant Families: Spreading and Adapting 2Gen Working Practices

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Early Childhood, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Building Trust with Immigrant Families: Spreading and Adapting 2Gen Working Practices

The Aspen Institute (August 12, 2021)

This webinar shares best practices from three organizations for building trust with immigrant and refugee families, youth, and children, including how to forge deeper relationships and build trust with immigrant family clients across school systems, home visiting programs, and more.

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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Communication Toolkit: For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations

By | Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Spanish Resources

Communication Toolkit: For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations

Center for Disease Control (June 5, 2020)

This communication toolkit provides resources in over 30 languages for organizations to help educate immigrant communities on COVID-19 prevention.

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