Refugee Families From Burma.
MacDonnell, Margaret. Schmidt, Susan.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services. United States. Office of Head Start. The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness.
This fact sheet provides background information on refugees from Burma to assist child welfare professionals working with these families. It begins by explaining that since the 1990's and increasing in 2007, about 100,000 refugees from Burma have been resettled in the United States. Information is then provided on the culture and religion of the eight main ethnic groups within Burma, refugees, family and community characteristics, child-rearing and child development, guidance and discipline practices, school and education, health and mental health practices, and community leadership. Practice tips for working with refugee families from Burma are given and include: anticipate the needs of the refugees and ask open-ended questions, multiple times if necessary; provide training for becoming licensed in-home family child care providers; encourage children to maintain their cultural style of eating while introducing them to eating utensils; and work with community leaders to broker conversations and soften some of the cultural communication barriers. 15 references.
refugees; home visits; cultural competency; cultural differences; parent child relationships; child rearing; guidelines