Clearinghouse Resource


Suitability Assessment Tips: Safeguarding Refugee Children Who Arrive Without Parents


Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)


Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) & United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

2003, 5 pages

Description of Resource

Assists local resettlement agencies in assessing whether the prospective adult caregiver is willing and able to care for a given child who has been separated from his or her parents and also can provide a safe and appropriate living environment. Tips cover preparing for the suitability assessment, evaluating the relationship between the separated child and responsible adult or adults, meeting other household members, determining whether sleeping arrangements are acceptable, and identifying high risk situations.