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.

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

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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

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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)

This report provides information on the social services offered 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. It 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”

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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

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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

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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

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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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Database to Track Family Separations, Support Family Tracing, and Identify Trends

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Parenting, Social Work, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Database to Track Family Separations, Support Family Tracing, and Identify Trends

Women’s Refugee Commission & Innovation Lab (July, 2018)

The Women’s Refugee Commission and Innovation Law Lab launched a new database to help track family separations, to support family tracing, and to assist with the identification of trends. The database is simple, secure, and confidential, and it allows family separation data to be collected and organized in a centralized way to help push back against harmful practices and support litigation efforts on a case by case basis. WRC and ILL will share anonymized, aggregated data with collaborators on family separations and for use in policy advocacy and to facilitate reunifications. To sign up to use the WRC-ILL database and to obtain a login, please email intake@wrcommission.org. Questions may also be directed to intake@wrcommission.org.

Women’s Refugee Commission Intake Process for Removed Parents

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Youth & Families

Women’s Refugee Commission Intake Process for Removed Parents

WRC (July 2018)

The WRC’s intake form can be used to collect key information that can help removed parents connect to legal resources and other needed assistance. Questions highlighted in yellow are particular to the ACLU lawsuit; the form includes specific consents to share information with the ACLU and/or with WRC if there is interest in doing so. If you are helping a parent complete the form, please make sure you record their consent as desired. Completed forms may be sent to intake@wrcommission.org, or uploaded to the Dropbox account noted on the form. Questions may also be directed to intake@wrcommission.org.

Spanish Intake Form

English Intake Form

 

Familias Inmigrantes Separadas por El Gobierno Estadounidense Facebook Group

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Familias Inmigrantes Separadas por El Gobierno Estadounidense Facebook Group

CLINIC and Al Otro Lado (July 2018)

CLINIC and Al Otro Lado Facebook Group for Separated Families: For those working directly with separated families, CLINIC and Al Otro Lado created a closed Facebook group called Familias Inmigrantes Separadas por El Gobierno Estadounidense to provide separated parents with easy-to-access legal orientation in Spanish and an informal support group. CLINIC and Al Otro Lado also hope to use this Facebook group to find and connect deported parents. If you or your organization are welcoming and screening families, please share the flyer below with the families. Please note this group is exclusively for parents.

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Letters to Providers Reuniting Families

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Detention, Early Childhood, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Parenting, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma, Youth & Families

Letters to Providers Reuniting Families

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

These letters to providers (for case managers, etc) in English and in Spanish describe how children might express their grief and fear and provide suggestions about how to help parents help children in the context of family separation and reunification.

English Letter Spanish Letter

Cecilia and the Long Walk (Audio Recordings)

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Detention, Early Childhood, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Parenting, Social Work, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Trauma, Youth & Families

Cecilia and the Long Walk (Audio Recordings)

Julie Ribaudo, Sara Stein and Paige Safyer, University of Michigan (July 2018)

New English and Spanish resources for use with reunified children and parents, developed by experts in infant mental health and child development at the University of Michigan. These audio books may help parents help their children through the transition and reunification and process the traumatic experience of separation, and may be especially helpful for those agencies that are on the front lines helping to reunify children and parents. There are also accompanying books (English and Spanish) and coloring books (English and Spanish).

Spanish Recording English Recording Spanish & English Recording

Cecilia and the Long Walk (Coloring Books)

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Detention, Early Childhood, Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Parenting, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Trauma, Youth & Families

Cecilia and the Long Walk (Coloring Books)

Julie Ribaudo, Sara Stein and Paige Safyer, University of Michigan (July 2018)

New English and Spanish resources for use with reunified children and parents, developed by experts in infant mental health and child development at the University of Michigan. These coloring books may help parents help their children through the transition and reunification and process the traumatic experience of separation, and may be especially helpful for those agencies that are on the front lines helping to reunify children and parents. There are also accompanying books (English and Spanish) and audio recordings (English, Spanish, and Combo).

English Coloring Book Spanish Coloring Book

Cecilia and the Long Walk

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Detention, Early Childhood, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Parenting, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Trauma, Youth & Families

Cecilia and the Long Walk

Julie Ribaudo, Sara Stein and Paige Safyer, University of Michigan (July 2018)

New English and Spanish resources for use with reunified children and parents, developed by experts in infant mental health and child development at the University of Michigan. This book may help parents help their children through the transition and reunification and process the traumatic experience of separation, and may be especially helpful for those agencies that are on the front lines helping to reunify children and parents. There are also accompanying coloring books (English and Spanish) and audio recordings (English, Spanish, and Combo).

English Book Spanish Book

 

Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation

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Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation

 Child Trends and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, (June 2018)

As public officials and communities turn to the task of reuniting and supporting immigrant children and parents separated at the border, they face the difficult but critical work of helping these families heal after the trauma they have endured.In this brief, Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, a Center investigator, teams up with Jessica Dym Bartlett, a Child Trends expert on early child trauma, to offer research-based guidance for parents, communities, states, and the federal government.

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Otherhood

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Parenting, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Otherhood

Rupa Shenoy, Public Radio International (May 2018)

Otherhood, a podcast from Public Radio International (PRI), was created by experienced journalist Rupa Shenoy, who worked with many immigrant children and developed interests in learning about their unique stories and perspectives. Otherhood is a platform to share different stories of first and second-generation immigrants. Episode are available free of charge on Apple podcasts.

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