Working With Immigrant Families.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.
Information Packet or Sheet
Published: July 15, 2020
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Chadwick Center for Children and Families Children's Hospital and Health Center 3020 Children's Way, MC 5017
San Diego, CA 92123
This brief explains children of immigrants are more likely than children of U.S.-born citizens to live in poverty and face significant barriers to healthy development that may put them at higher risk of child maltreatment. It then reviews common challenges faced by immigrants that child welfare agencies must be aware of and address, and provides strategies for working more effectively with immigrant families. Strategies include: ensure all child welfare services are culturally competent; ensure that appropriate language services are provided to every family; build relationships with local organizations serving immigrant communities; help families access the services for which they are eligible; use family-centered and strength-focused service approaches; ensure that services are trauma-informed and take into account the immigration experience of each family; understand that fear of authority or government may affect a willingness to access services and seek help; ensure that child welfare staff have a solid understanding of immigration issues, policy, and enforcement; and enact policies that support successful outcomes for immigrant families. Specific actions that can be taken to implement each strategy are identified, and key considerations when working with undocumented families are shared. Links to additional resources are included. 12 references.
child welfare training; guidelines; child welfare services; cultural competency; trauma informed practice; family centered services; UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS; CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS