This Powerpoint provides an overview of demographic and migration trends among immigrants, the U.S. immigration system and immigration relief options, federal immigration policy and its impact on immigrant families, common child welfare system challenges in serving immigrant families, and best practices for serving and supporting immigrant families, including those involved in the child welfare system.

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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

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.

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Guidelines for Child Welfare Agencies to Prepare for Immigration Enforcement Raids

The 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.

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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.

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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

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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Kinship Resources

New York State Kinship Navigator (n.d.)

This webpage houses various resources related to immigrant kinship caregivers.

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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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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.

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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.

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Appleseed has also created 14 different user-friendly checklists that correspond with the individual chapters in the “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation” Manual. The checklists are designed to provide a user-friendly overview of each topic and quick tips. Individual chapters are also available for download. All resources are available in English and Spanish.

Resources in English
Resources in Spanish

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

Public Charge Final Rule Fact Sheet

Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (April 2020)

This updated fact sheet provides background and information about changes to the public charge rule, the factors that weigh negatively and positively in a public charge determination, and their implications for immigrant families and their children.

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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.

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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