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.

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.

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.

DHS’ Protected Areas Policy: What Advocates and Providers Need to Know

NILC, CLASP, CLINIC (February 23, 2022)

This resource includes a webinar recording and supplemental materials (e.g., guides, explainers, and more) about the updated DHS Protect Areas Policy (formerly called “sensitive locations” policy).

Foreign Consulate Contacts

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (n.d.)

This page provides the contact information for the consulates of some of the countries with the highest population of immigrants in the U.S.

Guidelines for Child Welfare Agencies to Prepare for Immigration Enforcement Raids

Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (August 2019)

This guide from the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare provides child welfare agencies with guidelines on what to do if an immigration raid takes place.

ICE Online Detainee Locator

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (n.d.)

If children in immigrant families come into contact with the child welfare system due to parental detention, or if parents or family members are detained during the course of a child welfare case, child welfare agencies can use the ICE Online Detainee Locator to locate parents or family members in ICE detention in order to connect them with their children and enable them to participate in the case. Individuals may search via the detainee’s A# (9-digit ‘alien number’ assigned by immigration authorities) and country of birth, or by their first and last name and country of birth.

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.

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.

Kinship Resources

New York State Kinship Navigator (n.d.)

This webpage houses various resources related to immigrant kinship caregivers.

Know Your Rights Information on ICE Raids for Parents/Community/Attorneys

KIND (July 15, 2019)

This resource provides a collection of Know Your Rights resources to help prepare parents, community members, and attorneys on ICE raids on the sponsors of unaccompanied children and families.

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.

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.

OTIP Factsheet

Administration for Children & Families, Office on Trafficking in Persons

This factsheet provides an overview of the Office on Trafficking in Persons and its programs.

To make a report to OTIP for Non-Citizen Minors click here.

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.

Parenting in a New Context: Strategies for Practitioners Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Caregivers

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (November 2020)

This four-part podcast series provides recommendations to practitioners on how to work with and provide culturally responsive care to immigrant and refugee families.

Psychological First Aid for Unaccompanied Children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2021)

This resource provides an evidence-based approach to support unaccompanied children immediately after their arrival to the US.

Promising Practices When Working with Immigrant Kinship Caregivers

Cristina Ritchie Cooper and Elizabeth Christy, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law (July 1, 2017)

This resource shares recommendations and promising practices for working with immigrant kinship caregivers in the child welfare system.

Protecting Assets & Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families

Appleseed Network (Updated 2017)

This manual, originally published in 2012, summarizes several potential issues immigrant families may confront in the face of deportation and provides practical considerations for supporting immigrant families who face uncertain immigration enforcement experiences. 14 additional user-friendly checklists provide a user-friendly overview of each topic and quick tips.  All resources are available in English and Spanish.

Public Charge Update: What Advocates Need to Know Now

Protecting Immigrant Families (May 13, 2021)

This resource provides updates on the current public charge rule and its implications for immigrants.

Rapid Response Toolkit

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (June 21, 2019)

This toolkit provides best practices and lessons learned for conducting rapid responses during ICE raids and arrests in order to support and guide people during and after an enforcement operation.

State Specific Models and Resources

Center on Immigration & Child Welfare (n.d.)

Resources on this page include example policies, procedures, and guides from state and county child welfare agencies across the country regarding services to immigrant children and families. These resources can be used by other states to develop or improve their services to this population.

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.

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-Informed Care Model for Immigrant Hispanic and Latino Clients

National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (March 2021) 

This informative booklet presents trauma-informed approaches and trauma-specific treatment services as preferable models to manage Latino populations’ culturally specific experiences to increase engagement and improve treatment outcomes.

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.