Improving How Our Child Welfare System Addresses Children, Youth, and Families Affected by the U.S. Immigration Process.
Published: Spring 2013
Children's Legal Rights Journal
Vol. 33, No. 1 , p. 9-36
This article sets forth a number of recommendations for State and county child welfare agencies to consider when responding to the needs of immigrant children. It begins by arguing agencies have an obligation to serve both abused and neglected child immigrants, as well as their undocumented family members. Recommendations are then made that these services should be culturally and linguistically appropriate, protocols should be developed for working with immigrant families and to provide specialized training to line staff and supervisors, and a parent or legal guardian's immigration status should never be the sole basis for termination of parental rights and that those parents who are subject to termination proceedings should have full participation rights in such cases. 114 references.
children of immigrants; immigrants; undocumented immigrants; child abuse; child welfare reform; agency practice; guidelines; cultural competency; immigration; federal laws