Developing Sustainable Repatriation and Reintegration Programs for Children and Families Separated by Borders.
Weisman, Elaine. Northcott, Felicity Sackville.
Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. International Social Service. American Branch.
Published: July 2018
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This brief discusses recommended best practices to ensure that children and/or their caregivers who face deportation are provided with necessary pre-departure and reintegration services to support a safe and sustainable return. Information is provided on barriers to cross border collaboration, including individual and institutional biases, the termination of parental rights, and the notion of limited resources. The following section reviews contextual considerations for U.S. citizen children of deported parents, non-U.S. citizen children of deported parents, and unaccompanied minor children. Recommended practices are then discussed in the areas of social service workforce training, repatriation and reintegration planning, and family finding and engagement. The brief closes a description of additional resources.
deportation; children of immigrants; undocumented immigrants; child welfare services; interagency collaboration; barriers; promising practices; child welfare training