Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Children and Youth in Child Welfare.
National Association of Social Workers.
Children, Youth and Families Practice Update
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This practice update explains the challenges faced by immigrant families, specific challenges facing immigrants involved in child welfare agencies, and challenges facing child welfare workers when assisting immigrant families. Strategies are discussed that social workers can use to ensure that immigrant families and children receive the services necessary to stay together, reunite as soon as possible, and/or access immigration relief options. Strategies include: participate in cultural competency trainings, participate in trainings focused on immigrant issues, develop professional relationships with local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency staff, establish partnerships with experienced community-based agencies, help families tap into a wide array of social services, and participate in task forces and collaborations dedicated to immigrant issues. A list of additional resources is provided. 5 references.
immigrants; childrens services; youth services; cultural competency; community partnerships; cultural issues