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
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
General Scope: Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) 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.
BRYCS is a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), and it is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
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.
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 Social Services - American Branch
1120 N Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (443) 451-1200
Fax: (410) 230-2741
The International Social Services 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.
Migration and Refugee Services
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Phone: (202) 541-3000
Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, and other forced migrants, immigrants, and other people on the move. Special concern is given to the most vulnerable among these populations, such as, but not limited to, minors unaccompanied by parents or adult guardians and the victims of human trafficking.
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. This includes support by phone or email, virtual training, and, where feasible, in-person training.
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. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20520
Phone: (202) 647-4000
Toll-Free: (888) 407-4747
The U.S. Department of State’s serves as the U.S. Central Authority on intercountry adoption. The Department actively works to ensure that intercountry adoption remains a viable option for children in need of permanency who cannot find homes in their countries of birth. The U.S. Department of State website provides both information and guidance to U.S. citizens interested in adoption from foreign countries.
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.
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.