What's New

March 2017


  • New TA question on BRYCS' Blog! Join the discussion and help answer a question on resources for newcomer parents and/or teens about dating and relationships in the U.S.
  • New International Search Feature for Promising Practices! BRYCS now has a quick and convenient way to search our database for Promising Practices overseas. Take a look today!
  • New International Promising Practice! Integrate UK delivers peer education in schools around challenging issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), grooming for radicalization and/or extremism, gang and drug culture or child sexual exploitation (CSE).
  • March is National Women's History Month! Read about all the women the National Women's History Project is honoring throughout the month of March. These women represent many diverse backgrounds, including immigrants, who have all had a great impact on social and legal structures.
  • March is National Nutrition Month! This month we pay special attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This toolkit from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides resources to help you find your healthy eating style.


  • CWLA 2017 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy: Highlighting Successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth, and Families will take place March 29 – 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The conference will focus on evidence-informed/based programs and practices, and related policies and tools that lead to successful implementation of practices, services, and programs.
  • Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference will take place March 29-31, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The conference will explore the complementary role and challenges of specialist torture and trauma agencies, health services, settlement services, English and employment programs, education institutions, the community sector and policy makers, in promoting trauma recovery and successful cultural transition and integration into society.
  • Welcoming Interactive will take place April 19-21, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees will discuss critical issues like how to build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents; and explore the intersection of race, bias, and immigration.
  • The Stakes of Middle East and North Africa Migration Studies Conference will take place April 21-22, 2017 at North Carolina State University. This conference will consider the problematics of studying human movement to, from, and within the Middle East and North Africa in a time of mass displacement and multiple refugee "crises." 
  • 38th Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture will take place April 27-29, 2017 in Princeton, New Jersey. The conference will address questions such as: How is culture transmitted by the family? How does family treatment improve options and outcomes? How do important social changes, such as mass migration, war, and poverty, affect family and individual health?
  • Save the Date! Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)'s 31st Annual Conference will take place July 16-19, 2017 in Chicago, IL.

Call for Papers

  • The Journal of Reproductive Health has put out a call for articles on FGM/C. Submissions can be in a variety of formats, such as personal testimonies, case studies, descriptions of programs, and reports of interventions that have been tested and shown to decrease FGM/C or episiotomies.
  • Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.


  • Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants support opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles and improvements to facilities and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. Applications are due by March 31, 2017.
  • Voya Foundation Grants support programs that help create financially resilient youth. Additionally, the grants support programs that work to ensure that youth are equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) expertise. The deadline is rolling.
  • Youth Program Grants, from Kinder Morgan, support organizations that have one of the following programs: academic programs, including tutoring; arts education programs; environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. The deadline is rolling.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Out of Iraq: Refugees' Stories in Words, Paintings, and Music provides, in words and pictures, a glimpse of what life was like in Iraq before they left, why they were forced to flee, and how they feel about life as a refugee. Their stories are set against background information about Iraq, Saddam Hussain's rule, the invasion, and the subsequent civil war. (Description from Source)
  • Don't Forget Us – Voices of Young Refugees and Migrants in Greece, from Norwegian Refugee Council and Mercy Corps, shows that stress, poor living conditions and uncertainties about the future, put these young women and men at risk of losing all sense of hope.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Living in a Refugee Camp: Carbino's Story helps readers understand what it means to flee all that one knows and loves with the hope of surviving. Each title combines the words of the refugee with objective background information and clear, color photographs, often of the featured individual. 

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States, from Cultural Orientation Resource Center (CORE), is a series of four videos focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that have resettled to the U.S. The videos have been produced for Afghan and Iraqi SIV applicants who do not routinely have access to pre-departure Cultural Orientation and feature the personal stories and experiences of those who have successfully established a new life for themselves and their families. (Description from source)
  • Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement, from the VERA Institute of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), is the result of a national assessment of best practices for overcoming language barriers in policing. The report also provides practical resources, such as sample job descriptions, that agencies can use when crafting their own programs.
  • Welcoming Economies Toolkit, from Welcoming America, captures the practices, strategies and models that can provide a framework for those working in immigrant economic development, and can help them develop their own initiatives based on their local needs and infrastructure. (Description from source)

Child Welfare/Families

  • Assessing Need and Utilization of Community Services among Unaccompanied Alien Youth Released Without Follow-Up Services, 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.
  • Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Guide for Practitioners, from Child Welfare Information Gateway, presents information from a review of current research linking protective factors to well-being for the five in-risk populations served by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). Topics include individual skills and capacities that can improve the well-being of children and youth; how parents, guardians, and others can contribute to the well-being of these children; and strategies for practitioners.

Early Childhood



Health/Mental Health


Program Development

  • Manual on Brief Ethnographic Interviewing: Understanding an Issue, Problem or Idea from a Local Perspective, from the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), describes methods on providing psychosocial and mental health interventions to address two recurring needs - how to quickly and systematically gather and organize information (needs, problems, beliefs, strengths, etc.) when implementing programs with new populations or communities or develop culturally relevant indicators for evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial and mental health interventions. (Description from source)