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November 2017
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • November 20th is Universal Children's Day! Check out BRYCS' resources and publications on child welfare.
  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, “The Practice of Female Genital Cutting”, to learn more about FGC and BRYCS’ Community Conversations project, which aims to decrease the likelihood that currently impacted refugee communities will continue this practice and improve the practical response of service providers.
  • New Promising Practices!
    • YMCA of Greater Omaha's Ready in 5 program is a home-based school readiness program for refugee preschoolers and their parents. The program strives to prepare children for kindergarten socially and academically while also empowering parents to support their children's learning at home and understand the American education system.
    • RICE (Reaching Immigrants with Care and Education) is a comprehensive, community advocacy program aimed at helping Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants/refugees. The program provides a wide range of services aimed at cultural competency and self-sufficiency including case management, educational and life skills presentations, runaway/substance abuse prevention, job training, recreational activities, mentoring and much more.
  • Our Faith Teaches: Welcoming the Migrant, a brochure from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presents Church teaching on hospitality to the stranger and aims to help program foster a support and an great sense of community.
  • Federal Lobbying Restrictions, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), provides ORR grantees with information about the restrictions of the use of federal funding for lobbying activities.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has started to accept fellowship applications for its 2018-19 academic cycle. The MFP seeks to improve behavioral health outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of well- trained, culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to work in underserved, minority communities.
  • The Muhammad Ali Center's 2018 photo contest theme is "Experiences of Refugee Women." The contest aims to share the efforts of individuals and organizations working toward sharing the narrative of refugee women throughout the world. Chosen photographs will be on display at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning March 2018. The contest is open to both professional and amateur photographers of all ages. The deadline to submit photos is December 15, 2017.
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EVENTS

  • Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth: Pre-flight, Flight, & Post-flight, a BRYCS Webinar, will take place November 9 @ 4-5:30pm EST. Refugee youth often face multiple traumatic experiences due to forced migration throughout their resettlement journey. With the aim of better understanding refugee trauma and mental health, this presentation will offer a foundational knowledge of relevant theories; case vignettes illustrating refugee youth in the community, family, and school; and school-specific considerations. 
  • Managing Trauma: Tips for Supporting Refugee Teens in Schools, Refugee Resettlement, & Other Contexts, a BRYCS Webinar, will take place November 29 @ 4-5:30pm EST. This webinar will build off of BRYCS previous webinar on Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth. Hugo Kamya, PhD, Professor  and Fulbright Specialist Roster Scholar at the Simmons College School of Social and Lisa Fontes, PhD, Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts will encourage you to reflect on your work and relationships with refugee teens. Participants will learn about some of the dilemmas facing refugee teenagers, how to converse helpfully and meaningfully with refugee teens, as well as ways to intervene more effectively with refugee teens, their families, and schools. 
  • The National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 10-12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will address the most relevant topics in integration through program tracks and plenaries and will bring together the nation's best and brightest practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to strategize about immigrant integration and refugee resettlement.    
  • The Chadwick's Center 32nd Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment will take place January 28-February 2, 2018 in San Diego, California. The conference is intended for professionals working with families experiencing child maltreatment, trauma and violence. BRYCS network may be particularly interested in the Cultural Perspectives track.
  • Save the Date! The Family Focused Treatment Association’s 32nd Annual Conference will be held July 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The FFTA Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for advanced-level workshops on topics of culturally responsive practice – cultural awareness, racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities, and programs geared toward specific populations –such as immigrants and sex trafficking victims. Proposals are due by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
  • 2018 North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is being held June 7-9, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.The call for abstracts, workshops, and panel discussions is now open. Categories include Mental Health, Models of Care, Pediatrics, Vaccines, Community, Education/Research, Advocacy, Screening, Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, or Nutrition and Body. The submission deadline is March 1, 2018.

Call for Papers

  • 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.
  • Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
  • Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return
    migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.
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FUNDING

  • Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12), from the National Science Foundation, supports projects and research that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. Applications are due November 14, 2017.
  • Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), supports the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to improve intergenerational mobility with a focus on children and families; employment, health, and education outcomes and create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity that are important to families. Applications are due November 22, 2017.
  • The Gerber Foundation's Research Grant supports research proposals that focus on infants and young children with priority given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Concept papers are due December 1, 2017.
  • Kelly Cares Foundation Grant support organizations and initiatives that align closely with their three main pillars: Health, Education, and the Community. Apply by December 31, 2017.
  • Health Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behaviors in children and youth. Applications should target social and cultural factors for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Apply by January 7, 2018.
  • Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
  • Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
  • Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01), from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), promotes research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors. Applications are due January 8, 2018.
  • Pathways Out of Poverty, from the Herb Block Foundation, seeks proposals which focus on improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Projects may include in-school and community-based educational programs, after-school activities, and mentoring programs. Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2018.
  • Vision Screening in Children, from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),  seeks to improve vision screening and eye health in young children by providing technical assistance and education to state public health entities in implementing evidence-based recommendations for coordinated education, screening, follow-up and surveillance of vision problems in preschool-aged children. Applications are due February 15, 2018.
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Capacity Building Program, from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks to improve the health of adolescents and young adults by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health programs to address their needs effectively. Applications are due February 16, 2018.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood

Education

Youth

  • Engaging our Youth: Our Future, from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, addresses the range of issues more specific to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) youth and provides detailed findings of the challenges that face young people from multicultural backgrounds as they navigate transitions to full adulthood.

Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

  • I Carry the Name of my Parents': Young People's Reflections on FGM and Forced Marriage, from CREATE Youth Network, is a collective of young people' views and experiences of female genital mutilation and forced marriage across the UK, Portugal and the Netherlands. Peer interviews also cover a range of themes, including migration experiences, gender and social norms and notions of cultural identity.
  • "Female Genital Mutilation in Children Presenting to Australian Paediatricians", from Archives of Disease in Childhood, addresses FGM/C in paediatric clinical practice within Australia and the need for cultural awareness, education and resources to help medical professionals identify children with FGM/C and/or at risk of FGM/C, enabling appropriate referral and counseling of children, families and communities to assist in the prevention of the practice.

Anti-Trafficking 

Program Development

  • Developing a Language Access Plan for Your Agency, from the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV), provides guidelines and resources for providing meaningful interactions with individuals who have limited knowledge or proficiency of the English language.

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