Families & Immigration: A Quick Resource Guide

Child Welfare

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There are thousands of immigrant, children, youth and families across the United States. In fact, it is estimated that 25% of children and youth in this country have immigrant parents or are immigrants themselves (Capps & Passel, 2004; Torrico, 2010). Unfortunately, many of these families become involved with the child welfare system.

Immigration laws can often affect child welfare case planning and service delivery. Social workers are in a position to support immigrant children, youth and families in accessing immigration assistance and services to ensure their safety, permanency and well-being.

Social workers in child welfare face a host of challenges in meeting the unique needs of these families. While social workers are not expected to be experts on immigration issues, they can familiarize themselves with immigration terminology, relief options, new policies and available resources.

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