Resources for Youth & Families

Resources on this page include tools and other materials that have been developed to assist immigrant youth and families who are new to the United States. These resources may be used with youth and families to facilitate culturally responsive assessment and service planning.

Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Parenting, Practice, Practice Highlight, Trauma, Youth & Families

Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma

Dominique Parris, Victor St., John, & Jessica Dym Bartlett, Child Trends (June 23, 2020)

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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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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Migrant Caravan: The Need to Address Root Causes

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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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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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WEBINAR: “Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma”

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

WEBINAR: “Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma”

Migration Policy Institute (August 29, 2018)

Experts discuss the effects of trauma on the development of young refugee children. They also highlight ways early childhood education and care programs can address this trauma. This webinar is the first of two discussions that MPI is hosting on the issue of trauma-informed care for young children of refugees in early childhood programs

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Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Parental Interests Directive, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Topics, Youth & Families

Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

Women’s Refugee Commission (July, 2018)

These guides and reports provide information about family separation, safety planning, and child welfare for families facing detention and deportation. The documents provide tools for preventing family separation and resources for families caught between the immigration and child welfare systems. Available in English and Spanish.

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Separated Children Resources Website

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma, Youth & Families

Separated Children Resources Website

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (July 2018)

The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health has developed a website with resources to support families who have been separated during their time of need. Two types of resources are available: resources for children who have been separated from their parents and resources for caregivers and social service providers working to support these children and their families.

Developing Sustainable Repatriation and Reintegration Programs for Children and Families Separated by Borders

By | Child Well-Being, CICW Publications, CICW Toolkits, Handbooks, Guides & Books, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Developing Sustainable Repatriation and Reintegration Programs for Children and Families Separated by Borders

Elaine Weisman, LGSW/MPH and Fecility Sackville Northcott, PhD; International Social Service-USA & the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (July 2018)

This CICW practice brief provides recommendations about best practices for ensuring that children and/or their caregivers facing deportation are provided with necessary pre-departure and reintegration services to support safe and sustainable return.

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UPDATE: New Way to Reach the Immigrant Connection Project

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Opportunities, Practice, Social Workers, Youth & Families

UPDATE: New Way to Reach the Immigrant Connection Project

Vera Institute of Justice (July, 2018)

Vera Institute of Justice and New America announce a new way to reach the Immigrant Connection Project (ICON). Parents and their advocates can now reach us for free via Facebook messenger from abroad, by toll free telephone from inside the United States or from immigration detention, or via email from anywhere.

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