Serving Immigrant and Refugee Families in the Child Welfare System.
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Workgroup on Safety and Well-Being for Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families (Wis.).
Published: December 21, 2010
This paper shares recommendations from the Workgroup on Safety and Well-Being for Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families for the development of policy, programs, and educational services needed to serve Wisconsin's immigrant and refugee population. The Workgroup first met in July, 2009 and has held 10 meetings, during which the workgroup heard from experts and discussed policy on topics such as immigration law, access to language interpretation in the civil and criminal justice systems, out-of-home care placement options for immigrant and refugee children, caseworker cultural competencies, and service accessibility. Recommendations are discussed that address: the need for child welfare policy and standards related to immigrant, refugee, and bilingual families; training of child welfare staff regarding immigration status and applying for visas and other forms of immigration relief; training and resources on the implementation of any new programs and policies; permanency options for individuals of varying immigration status and the development of a guide sheet; services to immigrant and refugee families; providing language access; and ensuring the safety and well-being of immigrant and refugee children in Wisconsin. Appendices include a discussion of language access issues affecting services to children and families.
immigrants; cultural competency; communication; refugees; families; child welfare services; policy formation; educational programs; guidelines; wisconsin