Strengthening Child Welfare Practice for Immigrant Children & Families: A Toolkit for Child Welfare Professionals in California.
Prandini, Rachel. Adamson, Melissa. Desai, Neha.
Public Awareness Public Policy Report
Published: August 2019
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
1663 Mission Street Suite 602
San Francisco, CA 94103
This toolkit is designed to assist child welfare agencies in California in effectively supporting immigrant children and families on the pathway to permanency. Following an introduction background information on immigrant children and families in California is provided and definitions are provided of terms related to immigration. Section 4 discusses the trauma that immigrant children and families may experience at different points throughout the migration journey, including pre-migration, during migration, and post-migration, and the enduring effects of trauma. Section 5 describes the unique experiences of unaccompanied minors during migration, detention, and acculturation. Section 6 provides insight on engaging with immigrant families across cultural divides. Different cultural norms related to parenting are discussed, as well as language barriers and the use of cultural brokers in child welfare. Sections 6 and 7 offer advice on working with children and families to identify the need for immigration legal services and strategies for connecting them to non-profit legal services in the community. Section 8 provides an overview of the legal framework for working with parents detained in immigration custody or who have been deported and best practices for navigating such complex situations. Requirements of California law are reviewed. Final sections contain information on confidentiality considerations and limitations, Permanently Residing Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) eligibility, and opportunities for collaboration with foreign consulates and embassies on individual cases. The toolkit concludes with additional resources for child welfare workers and agencies. (Author abstract modified)
California; child welfare services; children of immigrants; refugees; deportation; childhood trauma; unaccompanied children; legal services