The immigration and citizenship status of a child in foster care can greatly affect the available permanency options and how a caseworker should approach the process. Various factors in the child's case may require special consideration based on immigration and citizenship status, such as the family's status, culture and language issues, and the applicability of pertinent domestic and international laws. Resources in this section offer information about and strategies for helping immigrant children and youth achieve permanency.
Foster Care for Unaccompanied Refugee and Immigrant Children: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF - 52 KB)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services & Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Children's Services (2011)
Explains the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor foster care program, a network of specialized foster care agencies that possess particular expertise to provide care and social work to foreign-born children and youth.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services
Provides resources for assisting immigrant and refugee families who are caring for non-biological children.
International Issues in Dependency Court Cases (PDF - 243 KB)
Judges' Page Newsletter
Includes articles that address the complex issues that face judges and other child welfare professionals dealing with international issues in dependency court cases.
Post-Release Services: Family Preservation Services for Immigrant Children Released From Federal Custody: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF - 304 KB)
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (2012)
Provides information on family preservation services for immigrant children released from Federal custody.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Information for Child Welfare Workers (PDF - 1,055 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2012)
Explains how the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status provides relief for undocumented children in foster care and is a route to legal immigration status and permanency for children in foster care and other out-of-home placements.