Child welfare cases involving immigration issues are often considered to be some of the most time consuming and challenging because many social workers are unfamiliar with immigration issues and child welfare systems are not typically equipped to address them. This section includes resources to help child welfare professionals better understand immigration issues and work with immigrant families.
- Understanding immigration and child welfare
- Immigration enforcement and child welfare
- Working with immigrant families
- Well-being of immigrant children and youth
- Working with youth who are immigrants and refugees
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services
Provides technical assistance to organizations serving refugees and immigrants. This website includes resources on foster care, family-centered and culturally relevant practice, and permanency planning for refugee children.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Working With Immigrant Families (PDF - 462 KB)
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2020)
Details steps that child welfare agencies can take to support immigrant families, including ensuring appropriate language services, assessing potentially traumatic immigration experiences, and staying up-to-date on immigration policies.