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.

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

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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.

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.

How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Early Childhood, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Practice, Practice Highlight, Topics, Youth & Families

How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs 

¡Colorín Colorado! (December 2018) 

This guide provides an exhaustive list of over 50 strategies for educators in schools and early childhood programs to establish responsive environments for immigrant children and their families. Each strategy covers why it is important, how to get started, recommended resources and videos, and examples from the field. 

Resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators During COVID-19 Crisis

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Resources For Immigrants, Parents and Educators During COVID-19 Crisis

The Immigration Learning Center (n.d.)

This comprehensive list provided by the Immigration Learning Center includes a variety of resources in different categories that could be useful to immigrants, parents, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Were You Separated From Your Child?

By | Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Practice, Practice Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors, Youth & Families

Were You Separated From Your Child?

Women’s Refugee Commission (September 2020)

The Women’s Refugee Commission, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Justice in Motion, and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP formed a court-appointed Steering Committee as a result of the Ms. L v. ICE class action lawsuit.  This lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2018 to try and halt the separation of parents and children as they arrived in the United States.  The Steering Committee is still attempting to locate parents that were separated from their children.  This flyer provides a toll-free number for parents to call in an attempt to reunite families.

Undocumented Immigrants Disaster Assistance

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Undocumented Immigrants Disaster Assistance

 FEMA (October 2020)

Direct and financial disaster assistance could be provided to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and qualified undocumented immigrants.  This assistance is provided by FEMA and the state, territory or tribal government. Disaster assistance could involve money for temporary rental support, personal property loss, home repairs, and other costs that are not covered by insurance or other means.

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

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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: Current Issues Impacting TPS and DED Clients

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Webinar: Current Issues Impacting TPS and DED Clients

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (March 22, 2019)

This webinar reviews recent developments that affect TPS and DED clients, including litigation challenges, advocacy efforts, and best practice recommendations.

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Webinar: Food Insecurity and Access to Health Care: Critical Issues for the Development of Young Children of Immigrants

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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)

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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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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.

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