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Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)
September 2007, 36 pages
This booklet was created for agencies serving refugees and immigrants in order to support their efforts to ensure that newcomer parents have the basic information they need about U.S. laws and parenting practices. Although newcomers may find the booklet useful by itself, it is primarily intended for case managers and other service providers to use together with their refugee and immigrant clients. The booklet is targeted to newcomer parents with low levels of English proficiency and/or low literacy levels. Since the often complex concepts illustrated here are necessarily simplified, the resource section (pages 28-31) provides easy-to-access information for service providers to supplement the basic points in this booklet. For best results, BRYCS recommends using this booklet in culturally appropriate parent support groups, preferably run by at least one experienced newcomer parent of the same ethnicity and one U.S.-born parent, where refugee and immigrant parents can ask questions, try out new behaviors, and find positive support to help ease their transition. (See the BRYCS publication Parenting in a New Country: A Toolkit for Working with Newcomer Parents for more information on parent support groups, including curricula and other educational information).
This booklet has been translated into Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Spanish, Somali and White Hmong by local refugee agencies and public schools. Contact BRYCS at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Arabic, Burmese, English, Hmong, Karen, Nepali, Somali, Spanish