April 2020

Workshop Materials

This page features various materials from the workshop and resources that provide background and context about the impact of current immigration policies on children in immigrant families as well as best practices for serving these families.

Workshop Slide Decks

Supporting Children in Immigrant Families in the Current Immigration Landscape

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (April 2020)
This slide deck presents migration trends and the demographic profile of immigrants and refugees in New Mexico as well as basic background on the U.S. immigration system, immigration relief options, and federal policy impacting immigrant families. It also addresses some of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrant children and families.
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The Impact of Immigration Policies on Children, Families, & the Child Welfare System

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (April 2020)
This slide deck presents context and background on how immigration-related experiences can create child trauma, what these trauma symptoms look like, and how to respond appropriately. It also highlights resources for serving immigrant children and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Special Session for Child Welfare Practitioners

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (April 2020)
This slide deck presents common challenges and best practices for serving immigrant children and families within the context of the child welfare system.
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Workshop Resources

Best Practices to Support Immigrant Families Involved in the Child Welfare System

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (November 2019)
This document highlights best practices with respect to child welfare agency policy & procedure, workforce training, law and policy, transnational practice, and cross-systems collaboration to support immigrant families.
Child Welfare Best Practice Handout

Culturally Competent Practice With Immigrant & Refugee Families Resource List

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (November 2019)
This document provides a list of vetted resources aimed at enhancing knowledge and implementation of culturally competent practice with immigrant and refugees in the child welfare system, in direct practice settings, and in communities.
Cultural Engagement Resource Handout

Immigrant Families & Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs & Promising Policies

Mark Greenberg, Randy Capps, Andrew Kalweit, Jennifer Grishkin, and Ann Flagg, Migration Policy Institute (April 2019)
This report presents key policy issues for child welfare agencies with respect to working with immigrant families as well as promising best practices and agency approaches.
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Immigrant Family Separation & Detention Resource List

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (November 2019)
This document provides a list of vetted resources aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding of the topics of immigrant family separation, family detention and incarceration, the Flores Settlement Agreement, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement federal foster care program. It also provides resources for legal and social services providers working with families and on issues of family separation and detention.
Family Detention & Separation Resource Handout

Legal Resource List

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare, Corinne Wolfe Center for Child & Family Justice (November 2019)
This document highlights legal resources related to child welfare, public benefits, separated children, special immigrant juvenile status, and trauma responsive practice.
Legal Resource Handout

Parental Detention and Deportation in Child Welfare Cases

Prudence Beidler Carr, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law (April 2019)
This article analyses themes from 15 years of child welfare case law in which parental detention or deportation has been a factor.
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Public Benefits & Immigrant Families Resource List

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (November 2019)
This document provides a list of vetted resources aimed at enhancing knowledge of the public charge rule, proposed changes to the rule, and their impact on immigrants in the U.S.
Public Benefits Resource Handout

Strengthening Child Welfare Practice for Immigrant Children & Families: A Toolkit for Child Welfare Professionals in California

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (August 12, 2019)
This toolkit provides guidance to child welfare agencies in California working with immigrant children and families, and its recommendations have important implications for child welfare practice across the country.
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Trauma in Immigrant Families Resource List

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (November 2019)
This document provides a list of vetted resources that explain the risk of trauma in immigrant and refugee groups, responses and strategies to mitigate the impact of trauma in the context of the political environment in the U.S., and tools for agencies and individual providers use in practice with immigrant and refugee families.
Trauma Resource Handout

What Part of Legal Immigration Don’t You Understand?

Mike Flynn & Shikha Dalmia, Reason Magazine (October 2009)
This document provides a visual graphic of the pathways through the U.S. immigration system in order to attain legal status.
Legal Immigration Map