Special Issue: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Needs And Responses.
Journal Special Issue
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 92 Elsevier
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This special issue is designed to provide a foundation of existing evidence and policy analysis related to unaccompanied immigrant children in different contexts and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Following an introductory article, Part 1 focuses on the policy context of receiving countries and includes articles on social work’s historic response to unaccompanied immigrant and refugee youth, addressing the limitations of age determination for unaccompanied minors, and the creation of separated care structures for unaccompanied refugee minors. Part 2 explores the complexity of migration with articles on the circulation of care among unaccompanied migrant youth from Guatemala, sheltering unaccompanied Central American minors in transit through Mexico, and creating reasons for youth to stay in El Salvador. The following part focuses on youth needs and responses in the U.S. context and include articles on identifying needs and best practices for unaccompanied immigrant children in long term foster care, responses to the influx of unaccompanied minors in the Hudson Valley, and educating unaccompanied immigrant children in Chicago. Youth needs and responses in the European context are addressed in Part 4 with articles on unaccompanied asylum seeking young people in England and Ireland, in Italy, and Greece. Lessons learned from a community based participatory research project with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and foster carers are shared. The final part includes articles that address the health and mental health needs of unaccompanied children. Numerous references.
unaccompanied children; undocumented immigrants; childhood trauma; parental absence; trauma informed practice; Europe; mental health services; community based services; child welfare services