Home Studies with Immigrant Families

Family Assessment

  1. Assessing Kinship Caregivers. Child Welfare Information Gateway page s . var.. English . https://www.childwelfare.gov/outofhome/kinship/locating/assessing.cfm

    This web page includes resources that discuss strategies and tools for assessing the suitability of relatives as potential kinship caregivers and for post-assessment. 

  2. Assessing Need and Utilization of Community Services among Unaccompanied Alien Youth Released Without Follow-Up Services. Jani, Jayshree , University of Maryland , Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) 5 page s . July 2016. English . http://lirs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LIRS-UMB-Reseach.pdf

    This follow-up services report from the University of Maryland and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), sought to assess more concretely the needs of children released from shelter care with no follow-up services in place. Preliminary data indicates that many families are able to access and utilize services in the community through their own efforts. However, it was also concluded that sponsors had difficulty handling UAC and family legal issues pertaining to immigration status on their own.

  3. Foster and Adoptive Home Assessment 2000-Present. Child Welfare Information Gateway 22 page s . 2006. English . http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/downloads/bib/Home_assessment.pdf

    A bibliography of home assessment resources.

  4. Suitability Assessment Tips: Safeguarding Refugee Children Who Arrive Without Parents. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) 5 page s . 2003. English . http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/SAT-BA-1.PDF

    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.

Skills for Practitioners

  1. Creating Trust and Rapport with Foreign-Born Clients. Elledge, Shirlene page s . 2012. English . http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/practice/Creating_Trust_and_Rapport_With_Foreign-Born_Clients/

    This resource provides an overview of the KNOW system when working in refugee/immigrant families: Know some country of origin basics. Notice social norms. Observe family values. Watch for immigration/acculturation issues.

  2. Guardianship Toolkit. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) page s . 2003. English . http://www.brycs.org/guardianship/

    These resources are for those assisting refugee families who are caring for non-biological children (such as grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings, or friends). Overseas, these children are typically referred to as "separated children," while in the U.S. Refugee Program, they are typically referred to as "attached refugee minors." In the U.S. legal and child welfare fields, these caregivers are often referred to as "relative caregivers" or families with "kinship care" arrangements. The toolkit includes fact sheets for both refugee families and the staff that assist them, a highlighted resource list, as well as a searchable directory that provides basic information about the guardianship procedures in each state.

  3. Home Visit Safety Tips. Meet the Need Ministries, Inc. page s . 2013. English . http://meettheneed.org/safetytips.php

    This resource addresses tips to keep in mind before delivering a service at someone's home including personal safety, travel safety tips, and tips to consider if you are faced with an aggression incident during a home visit.

  4. Pride in Parenting: Training Curriculum for Lay Home Visitors. Diamond, Linda T. , Jarrett, Marion H. page s . 1998. English . http://clas.uiuc.edu/fulltext/cl01443/unit14.html

    This unit focuses specifically on home visits as a primary intervention. This unit discusses the general and specific goals of the visits and the ethical considerations involved. Since first visits can set the tone for the future, emphasis is placed on them.

  5. Suggestions for Interviewing Refugee and Immigrant Children. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) 3 page s . Winter 2009. English . http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/BRYCSBrief-Interviewing-Winter2009.pdf

    Interviewing recently arrived refugee or immigrant children and families takes special sensitivity, preparation, and frequently a foreign language interpreter. Whether your topic is child abuse, education, health or other issues, this list of suggestions can help you prepare to interview refugee or immigrant children and families. Highlighted Resources: Interpretation: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Children

  6. Tips for Making Home Visits in Child Welfare. Pope, Natalie D. , Hadden, Jennifer B. page s . 2013. English . http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/Tips_for_Making_Home_Visits_in_Child_Welfare/

    Despite the benefits of seeing clients in their homes, there are some inherent challenges and things to keep in mind when interviewing parents and children in their home such as building rapport, physical conditions, ethical considerations, safety concerns, and organization and time management.

  7. Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Guide for Advocates and Service Providers. National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) , National Juvenile Justice Network 23 page s . November 2006. English . https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=261951

    In order to provide consistent support and protection for these children, juvenile justice advocates, immigration advocates and youth serving agencies must all collaborate. This brief aims to provide advocates and youth service agencies the background necessary for this collaboration. It outlines the risks and obstacles that undocumented immigrant youth face in both the immigration and juvenile justice systems. The brief also recommends policies and actions that immigration advocates, youth advocates, and service providers could adopt to improve the safety and well-being of immigrant youth. (Description from source)

Immigrant Legal Resources

  1. Legal Fact Sheets: Immigration Options for Undocumented Children. Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) 15 page s . June 2006. English . http://www.ilrc.org/info-on-immigration-law/remedies-for-immigrant-children-and-youth

    Provides a collection of fact sheets for quick reference for use by advocates. The topics include: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Family Visas, U Visas, U.S. Citizenship, Asylum, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

  2. Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth. Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) 31 page s . 2007. English Korean Spanish . http://www.ilrc.org/for-immigrants-para-inmigrantes/living-in-the-us-guide

    This guide explains immigration laws for use by immigrant youth and contrasts the various legal rights and restrictions of a U.S. citizen vs. a green card holder vs. an undocumented person. (Note: Some immigration legal information may have changed since publication.)

  3. SIJS Caseworker's Toolkit for Children in Federal Custody. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) . 2008. English . http://www.brycs.org/sijs-toolkit/

    This toolkit was primarily developed for foster care caseworkers assisting children in the federal custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), to ensure that SIJS-eligible children receive the assistance and case monitoring they need during the SIJS application process. In addition, this toolkit may also help social service and legal practitioners working with other children who may be eligible for SIJS. This toolkit consists of nine products, which include flow charts, Q & As, and lists of resources.  It was updated in 2012.

Child Maltreatment Prevention

  1. A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families: Executive Summary. Migration and Child Welfare National Network 4 page s . 2009. English . http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-migration-sw-toolkit-exec-summary.pdf

    This toolkit provides public child welfare workers with a basic understanding and overview of the U.S. immigration system and how and when immigration issues may arise during the chronology of a child welfare case. This executive summary outlines each tool kit and should be used to promote the use of the tool kits as best practice for child welfare. (Description from source)

  2. A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families: A Child Welfare Flowchart. Migration and Child Welfare National Network 10 page s . 2009. English . http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-migration-sw-toolkit-flowchart.pdf

    This section of the "A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families" illustrates how and when immigration issues may arise during the chronology of a child welfare case. The flowchart begins at the point of a child abuse report and continues through assessment, diversion or intervention, removal, dependency issues and permanency planning. At each stage of the flowchart, potential immigration issues are noted and explored. (Description from source)

  3. A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families: Immigration Status and Relief Options. Migration and Child Welfare National Network 21 page s . 2009. English . http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-migration-sw-toolkit-status-relief.pdf

    This section of the "A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families" provides public child welfare workers with a basic overview of the dynamics of the U.S. immigration system as it impacts their clients. This tool kit reviews basic immigration concepts and constructs. It includes practical appendices with website links, such as tips for accessing vital documents, facilitating communication between child welfare system and immigration legal counsel, and a summary of immigration relief options applicable to youths in dependency proceedings.(Description from source) 

  4. Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System. Migration and Child Welfare National Network 35 page s . 2010. English . http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-toolkit-trauma-immigrant-families.pdf

    This section of the "A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families" provides provides public child welfare and community-based agencies working with immigrant families with guidelines for integrating child welfare practice -- from engagement to case closure -- with trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services. In addition, the tool kit describes strategies to build an organization's capacity to better respond to the needs of immigrant families exposed to child maltreatment, domestic and community violence, and other traumatic stressors. It responds to frequently asked questions illustrated by case examples and provides website links and other resources. (Description from source)

  5. Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR-Funded Care Programs. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) page s . 2013. English Spanish . http://www.brycs.org/child-maltreatment-prevention-curriculum.cfm

    In an on-going effort to ensure the safety and promote the well-being of unaccompanied undocumented children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement / Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), BRYCS first developed a training curriculum in 2008 on "Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR-Funded Care Provider Programs," and subsequently trained all ORR/DCS-funded care programs across the U.S.    

    This year, ORR/DCS and BRYCS updated and expanded the original "Tier One" curriculum to respond to recent legislation, such as the Violence Against Women Act, and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable children are recognized and addressed.  This Tier One training covers professional ethics and boundaries, types of child maltreatment, and responding to, reporting, and preventing child abuse and neglect.  

    The new "Tier Two" curriculum builds on "Tier One" by encouraging participants to apply their acquired knowledge to the complex scenarios often encountered by program staff who care for the children in ORR/DCS care.  For each "real life" scenario, discussion centers on professional ethics and boundaries; child safety and maltreatment; who needs to know; and how best to respond at all levels of the organization. "Tier Two" creates an environment where care provider staff are motivated to articulate their current practices, assess gaps or difficulties, and then develop, implement and monitor practice improvements.  

    The curriculum, "Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR-Funded Care Provider Programs," was created and updated by a leading expert in the field of child abuse and culture, Dr. Lisa Aronson Fontes, together with BRYCS Director, Lyn Morland.