Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library & Informati

Program Name

Children in Crisis Task Force

Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

To provide Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books and library services for the Unaccompanied Minors arriving from Central America.

Program Description

 The arrival of over 100,000 children crossing the southern border into the United States during the last few years has created an unprecedented humanitarian refugee crisis that compels REFORMA as an organization to act. The children, mostly Spanish speaking, are coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  While recent news coverage of this event has focused on legal, medical and emergency response to services, there are few if any news stories that demonstrate the social-emotional and information needs of these children and families. 

With no knowledge of where they are going or if they will reach their families in the United States, REFORMA has implemented a project, Children in Crisis, to solicit donations, purchase and deliver books for these children.  We are soliciting children's books in Spanish to be delivered to the children in the detention centers in and to the shelters and group homes around the country where these children are sent after being processed.  We have delivered thousands of books in California, Texas and Florida and are always looking for new ways to connect these children with books to make their journey a little more pleasant.

Resource Materials Used in Program

We have an extensive list of donors for Spanish language books to be donated to shelters, pro-bono attorneys and detention centers for the unaccompanied children arriving from Central America.

Groups Served by Program

Central American children seeking refugee status in the U.S.

Program Funding

Donations only -

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

2 Co-Chairs

Program Evaluation

Reviews with the shelters and other outreach locations to assess the need for more books.

Program Outcomes

Our outcomes consist only of the repeated requests from shelters and pro-bono attorneys for books to share with their clients.  We have met and worked with families and individual children in the shelters, in the bus stations and via the CBP personnel since 2014.

Additional Comments

The program also operates in California and Florida.

Program Contact

Patrick Sullivan

Program Dates

This program began in 2014 and is still operating in 2017.