Best Practices and Model Programs: Immigrants and Refugees
Immigrants and Refugees
Immigrant and Homeless: Information for Local Liaisons (120K)
This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Homeless Education series, explains the challenges many immigrant and refugee families encounter in adjusting to life in the United States, including integrating into the U.S. public school system. Methods for determining homelessness among immigrant and refugee families and strategies for supporting the integration of immigrant and refugee children into the U.S. schools are discussed. Information presented is geared towards assisting local homeless education liaisons in serving immigrant and refugee students experiencing homelessness.Immigrant and Homeless: Information for School District Title III Programs and Community Agencies
This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Homeless Education series, explains the challenges many immigrant and refugee families encounter in adjusting to life in the United States, including integrating into the U.S. public school system. Methods for determining homelessness among immigrant and refugee families and strategies for supporting the integration of immigrant and refugee children into the U.S. schools are discussed. Information presented is geared towards assisting Title III programs and community agencies in serving immigrant and refugee students experiencing homelessness.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
BRYCS is the Office of Refugee Resettlement's national technical assistance provider on refugee child welfare. BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies; mainstream service agencies, such as child welfare and schools; and ethnic community based organizations. The following list includes a sampling of BRYCS' resources that are particularly useful for schools.Children in Immigrant Families - The U.S. and 50 States: National Origins, Language, and Early Education
This resource from the Foundation for Child Development discusses the demographics and experience of immigrant children in the United States and explains how young children in immigrant families would benefit from quality early education programs to further their integration into American society.Immigrant Services Directory: A National Guide of Service Providers
This directory from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) includes over 400 organizations providing a variety of legal services to immigrants across all fifty states. The guide is organized geographically, followed by an alphabetical index of organizations by name. Information about each organization is displayed in a standard one-page format with various fields indicating the services provided, the area and detention facilities served, non-English language services available, and other relevant information.Immigration and Schools: Supporting Success for Undocumented Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Attending school and securing lawful status in the United States are two keys to safety and security for undocumented unaccompanied homeless youth. This brief, co-authored by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), is designed for young people, immigration attorneys and advocates, McKinney-Vento liaisons, and other educators. It provides information about federal laws that provide the means for undocumented unaccompanied youth who are homeless to attend school and address their immigration status.KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Immigrant Families
This data snapshop from the Annie E. Casey Foundation includes national and state-level data about the 15.7 million children in immigrant families currently residing in the U.S., background on why it is critical to help this growing group of children, and resources for improving the well-being of children living in immigrant families.Opening the Door to the American Dream: Increasing Higher Education Access and Success for Immigrants
This report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy highlights the barriers that legal immigrants face as they attempt to enroll in college and complete a degree. Certain barriers have a greater impact on immigrants with the most obvious being limited English proficiency and difficulties integrating into American society. Offering accessible and affordable programs to help immigrants learn English and become familiar with their new country would open the doors to higher education for many immigrants.Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth
This report from the National Collaboration for Youth provides the context of the immigrant youth experience and practical tips for hiring, developing and retaining staff to work with this population. Youth organizations have both an opportunity and a responsibility to encourage and support the healthy development of the growing numbers of immigrant youth. This publication is based on hands-on experience by national and local youth organizations who do this work effectively.The Challenges of Change: Learning from the Child Care and Early Education Experiences of Immigrant Families
One in every five children in the U.S. is the child of an immigrant. Although quality child care can benefit these children, they are less likely to participate in all types of non-parental care than their U.S.-born peers. To find out why, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted site visits across the country, and sought out immigrant leaders, parents, service providers, and policymakers. This report identifies the main barriers for these families and promising local strategies to improve programs so they're more relevant and accessible for children of immigrants. It also includes policy and research recommendations.The Foreclosure Generation: The Long-Term Impact of the Housing Crisis on Latino Families and Children
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) partnered with the Center for Community Capital (CCC) at the University of North Carolina to conduct interviews with 25 Latino families who had recently experienced foreclosure. Interviewers asked in-depth questions on a variety of issues related to the overall well-being of the family with a special emphasis on the status of their children. This report summarizes the major findings from these interviews.Tool Kits for Working with Immigrant Families
These toolkits, from American Humane, provide social workers and other service providers with tips specific to working with immigrant children involved in the U.S. child welfare system.Unaccompanied Immigrant and Refugee Minors
This webpage from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides important information about the challenges faced by unaccompanied immigrant and refugee minors in the United States, including background statistics and information on federal policy and its implications for states.Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Guide for Advocates and Service Providers
Undocumented foreign-born children face many of the same issues as their peers; but there are unique challenges to protecting and supporting these young people, including ensuring adequate representation in immigration and justice proceedings. This brief from the National Human Services Assembly provides juvenile justice advocates, immigration advocates, and youth-serving agencies with important background information on the complex issues and risks facing these youth, and best practices for collaborating.Urban Institute's Child Welfare Research Program Briefs
These briefs from the Urban Institute provide snapshots of children involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) who have immigrant parents. The research looks at foster care placements, plans for permanent placements, funding, and substantiated cases of sexual abuse. Although immigrant populations and CPS systems vary by state, the researchers said the findings may be broadly applicable to other states with significant immigrant populations.U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice: Dear Colleague Letter on Education for Undocumented Students
This May 6, 2011, letter from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice reiterate the federal government's commitment to ensuring that all children and youth are provided with access to a free, appropriate public education, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The letter provides examples of acceptable and unacceptable enrollment practices for school districts to employ.
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