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.

Toolkit – Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family

By | Adoption, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Family Separation, Foster Care, Immigration Enforcement, Kinship Care, Language Issues, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Toolkits, Handbooks, Guides & Books, Trauma

Toolkit – Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family

Generations United (November 21, 2021)

This new toolkit provides resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement.

How the Child Welfare System Can better Respond to Needs of Children from Immigrant Families

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Foster Care, Immigrant Youth, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), State Policies

How the Child Welfare System Can better Respond to Needs of Children from Immigrant Families

Mark Greenberg, Ann Flagg, Elian Maritz, Megan Finno-Velasquez, Andres Santiago, Lisa Armstrong & Dennis Gmerek, Migration Policy Institute (November 9, 2021)

This webinar discusses the intersections between the child welfare and immigration systems, possible state and local practices, considerations for the child welfare field, and recommendations for child placement, procedures, and staff training.

Cultural Competence Secrets to Success with Immigrant Families: Spreading and Adapting 2Gen Working Practices

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

Cultural Competence Secrets to Success with Immigrant Families: Spreading and Adapting 2Gen Working Practices

Rawaa Nancy Albilal, Danny Salim, John Till, Margie McHugh & Karen Murrel, The Aspen Institute (November 10, 2021)

This webinar discusses how providers are utilizing cultural competency to better understand and connect to the immigrant families they serve. Topics discussed include, trauma-informed care, financial literacy, issues of gender norms, and immigrant and refugee mental health.

Best Practices for Child Welfare in Working with Families with Immigrant Members

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Foster Care, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Language Issues, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers

Best Practices for Child Welfare in Working with Families with Immigrant Members

Migration Policy Institute & American Public Human Services Association (November 2021)

This practice guide provides recommendations and steps child welfare agencies can take to improve how they address the needs of immigrant families and promote child well-being.

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.