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Training Resource on Legal Residency for Juveniles within the Child Welfare System: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status & the Violence Against Women Act


Becker, Irene


Berkeley, CA: University of California at Berkeley California, Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

September 2007, 9 pages

Description of Resource

Delineates programming and training objectives for addressing the needs of immigrant minors in the child welfare system in relation to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Trainees will learn: (1) the requirements and situations that trigger application of the SIJS and the VAWA to minor immigrants in the child welfare system; (2) methods to effectively communicate to peers and personnel about the VAWA and the SIJS; (3) the importance of the VAWA and SIJS when advocating for minors in the child welfare system; (4) the usefulness of developing relationships with government and community organizations to support equal access to culturally relevant services and resources; (5) sensitivity and understanding of legal, socioeconomic, and psychological issues facing refugees and immigrants; and (6) both federal and state policy and legislation pertaining to child welfare. Important time constraints are set forth as well as objectives, competencies, lesson plans, training activities, and handouts to insure in-depth delivery of pertinent information to managers and supervisors regarding the needs of undocumented youth. (IP)