Organizations Providing Information on Immigration, Refugee Resettlement, and Child Welfare
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Includes selected national organizations that provide resources specific to immigrant and refugee children and families. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
ABA Center on Children and the Law
1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 662-1000
Fax: (202) 662-1755
The ABA Center on Children and the Law seeks to improve the laws, policies, and judicial procedures affecting children by supporting legal representation for youth, facilitating coordination between attorneys and caseworkers, reducing court delays, and providing training to court professionals involved in child welfare. ABA also supports: National Reunification Month
and updates this website each June.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Toll-Free: (888) 572-6500
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), is a national technical assistance program addressing the challenges which refugee youth and children face in adjusting to life in the U. S. Its purpose is to broaden the scope of information and increase the collaboration among service providers for refugee youth, children and families. Online Trainings:
Available through BRYCS Online Training Modules
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20520
The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is the humanitarian bureau of the State Department. PRM promotes U.S. interests by providing protection, easing suffering, and resolving the plight of persecuted and forcibly displaced people around the world.
PRM does this by coordinating humanitarian policy and diplomacy, providing life-sustaining assistance, working with multilateral organizations to build global partnerships, and promoting best practices in humanitarian response.
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
University of Minnesota School of Social Work
205 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: (612) 624-4231
Toll-Free: (800) 779-8636
Fax: (612) 624-3744
General Scope: The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) was established with Federal Title IV-E funding and a grant from the Bush Foundation. The goals of the CASCW include preparing graduate students to work in public social services; providing practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and educators with timely information and resources to strengthen the child welfare system's capacity to respond effectively to the families who use its services; and enhancing child welfare training.
Chapin Hall Center for Children
1313 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 256-5100
Fax: (773) 753-5940
Chapin Hall is a research and development center focusing on policies, practices, and programs affecting children and the families and communities in which they live. The Center devotes special attention to children facing significant problems such as abuse or neglect, poverty, and mental or physical illnesses, and to the service systems designed to address these problems.
Church World Services
475 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10115
Toll-Free: (800) 297-1516
Church World Service (CWS) is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.
The CWS Resource Call Center e-mail:email@example.com
is available to connect those awaiting their court dates to resettlement offices, member congregations, sanctuary churches and other service providers across the country who can provide local support through housing, legal and support services, resource sharing and friendship.
Episcopal Migration Ministries
815 Second Avenue
The Episcopal Church
New York, New York 10017
Episcopal Migration Ministries and its network of local affiliates welcome refugees and immigrants from from various countries in various communities. Refugee clients receive care, hospitality, and assistance from professional affiliate staff and from the hundreds of generous church volunteers who welcome the stranger through this ministry each year.
Ethiopian Community Development Council
901 S. Highland Street
Arlington, Virginia 22204
Phone: (703) 685-0510
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
1300 Spring Street
Silver Spring, Maryland
Phone: (301) 844-7300
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: (415) 255-9499
Fax: (415) 255-9792
The Immingrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10168-1289
Phone: (212) 551-3000
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.
International Social Service - USA
1120 N Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (443) 451-1200
Fax: (410) 230-2741
The International Social Service (ISS) organization provides services to families and individuals regarding problems that cross national boundaries, including inter-country adoptions. ISS-USA also offers consultation and advocacy services on child welfare issues.
National Council For Adoption
225 North Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2561
Phone: (703) 299-6633
The National Council For Adoption promotes the well-being of children, birthparents, and adoptive families by informing policy leaders, the media, social service providers, and the public about the positive option of adoption. The Council is a charitable membership organization with a variety or functions: a think tank for adoption awareness and information, a provider of public information and education, and an advocate for adoption.
National Immigrant Justice Center
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: (312) 660-1370
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.
National Resource Center for In-Home Services
2662 Crosspark Rd
University of Iowa School of Social Work
Coralville, Iowa 52241
Phone: (319) 335-4965
Fax: (319) 335-4964
The National Resource Center for In-Home Services (NRCIHS) serves as a national center of expertise regarding child welfare practice related to ensuring the safety of children and youth in their homes and making reasonable efforts to preserve families in which maltreatment has occurred.
The NRCIHS is responsible for providing T&TA to build the capacities of State and Tribal child welfare systems to safely maintain children in their homes; prevent children's initial placement or reentry into foster care; preserve, support, and stabilize families; and promote the well-being of children, youth, and families.
The NRCIHS is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
330 C ST SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
Phone: (202) 401-9246
Fax: (202) 401-5487
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to maximize their potential in the United States. Our programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.
Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and implemented by the International Rescue Committee. Switchboard provides free consultation and training to U.S. resettlement agencies and affiliates, state agencies, community-based organizations, and others funded by ORR. Online Trainings:
A list of self-paced online courses to address refugee service providers’ professional development needs may be found in the E-learning section
The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (CICW)
The mission of CICW is to improve programs and policies related to immigrant children and families involved in the public child welfare system.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Information and Customer Service Division MS 2260
111 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20529-2260
Toll-Free: (877) 247-4645
Toll-Free: (800) 375-5283
TDD: (800) 767-1833
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS provides accurate and useful information to customers, grants immigration and citizenship benefits, promotes an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensures the integrity of the immigration system.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
2231 Crystal Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Phone: (703) 310-1130
USCRI's mission is to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and support their transition to a dignified life.USCRI provides critical services to refugees and immigrants to help them become self-reliant and contributing members of their communities.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
500 12th Street, SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20536
Toll-Free: (888) 351-4024
ICE executes its mission through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes, focusing on preventing terrorism, immigration enforcement and combating transnational crime. Any individual concerned about matters involving detained parents in a child welfare related case, child protective services,family court, or child welfare proceedings, can contact ICE headquarters by sending an email to: Parental.Interests@ice.dhs.go
. The Parental Interests Team coordinates with all Field Offices on inquiries and provides guidance on the Parental Interests Directive and conducts outreach to child welfare stakeholders. To determine whom to contact please find ICE field office
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
In partnership with its affiliates, the United States Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services department resettles approximately 30% of the refugees that arrive in the US each year. The Catholic refugee resettlement network includes over 100 diocesan offices across the country and in Guam and Puerto Rico.
Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. They serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway34 35th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11232
Phone: (213) 223-2442
Phone: (212) 334-1300
The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.
Women's Refugee Commission
15 West 37th St
New York, New York 10018
Phone: (212) 551-3115
The mission of the Women's Refugee Commission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. The Commission researches their needs, identifies solutions, and advocates for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.
7 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (800) 535-5433
World Relief's mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable by building capacity and meeting urgent needs for food, water, health and shelter.
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights (The)
2245 S. MICHIGAN AVE.
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: (773) 360-8920
The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is to promote the best interests - safety, permanency and well-being - of unaccompanied immigrant children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Center offers a model through which Young Center attorneys, who have experience in immigration and child welfare law, recruit, train and supervise bilingual law and social work students as well as lay volunteers, who are assigned to serve as Child Advocates (guardians ad litem) for individual unaccompanied children. The Young Center is part of the legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School as an independent project.