When families migrate, they often separate and then reunify, which requires a redefining of the family. Cultural competency with immigrant children and families requires more than just learning about their culture. It also includes an understanding of the process of migration, the reasons families migrate, and the process of acculturation and related family or marital stressors. Experts agree that to successfully achieve cultural competence, organizations must incorporate it into every level of their structure. Find resources in this section to help professionals work with immigrant families in a culturally competent manner and build culturally competent organizations.
- Cultural competency of workers
- Domestic violence
- Language issues
- Resources for immigrant families
- State and local examples
Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families
Annie E. Casey Foundation & Appleseed (2010)
Summarizes several potential issues an individual may confront in the face of deportation or voluntary departure. The manual also outlines basic steps a person can take to manage these issues before or, if necessary, after they have left the United States. It is designed to aid direct service providers as they counsel their clients through the process.
Working With Immigrant Families: A Practical Guide for Counselors
Zagelbaum & Carlson (Eds.) (2011)
Discusses how therapists can enhance and apply strategies that will aid immigrant families in ways that are more specific to the area and community in which they live. This book also has chapters that define essential concepts related to the psychological and interpersonal development of culturally different individuals.
Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Provides technical assistance to community organizations, professionals, and researchers on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
National Latin@ Network
Provides information and resources on domestic violence issues within the Latino community. Resources are available in English and Spanish and are developed for social workers, community-based agencies, court staff/judges, and survivors.
12 Suggestions for Interviewing Children Using a Foreign Language Interpreter
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (2009)
Reviews a Federal law that requires any agency that receives Federal funds to provide services of an equal quality to people who have limited English proficiency and provides suggestions for interviewing children using a foreign language interpreter.
Fostering Connections Act Promises New Opportunities for Child Welfare Reform
Casey Family Services
Discusses the rise in the immigrant population in the United States, the characteristics of at-risk immigrant populations, and systemic challenges the child welfare system faces in meeting the needs of immigrant families.
Language, Culture and Immigration Relief Options (PDF - 763 KB)
Lincroft & Cervantes (2010)
First Focus & Migration and Child Welfare National Network
Discusses some of the key challenges faced by the child welfare system in serving immigrant children and families and provides recommendations to promote effective practice and positive child welfare outcomes.
Detained or Deported: What About My Children?
Women's Refugee Commission
Provides step-by-step instructions and resources to help migrant parents protect and maintain their parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children in immigration cases.
Protecting Your Parental Rights: A Resource for Immigrant Detainees With Child Custody Issues in Arizona (PDF - 2,929 KB)
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (2010)
Presents a guide to help parents detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona who are having child custody issues. The guide explains the child protective services system, dependency court process, and provides contact information for additional assistance
Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (2007)
Provides an illustrated booklet for agencies serving refugees and immigrants to help them provide basic information about U.S. laws and parenting practices to newcomer parents with low levels of English proficiency and/or low literacy levels. Versions of the booklet translated into Arabic, Nepali, Spanish, and White Hmong are also available.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (2012)
Highlights multilingual resources available on family life and parenting, early childhood, the U.S. K-12 school system, children's books, and health/mental health.
When a Parent Is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers (PDF - 587 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Provides practical information for public child welfare agencies and social workers working with children who have incarcerated parents in California. The primer discusses why child welfare agencies should develop programs and policies to address the needs of children receiving child welfare services with incarcerated parents and then discusses key child welfare considerations regarding incarcerated parents. Information on immigrant parents in deportation proceedings is also included.