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- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) along with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recently returned from a Committee on Migration assessment trip in Central America. The purpose of this trip was to explore the issue of Unaccompanied Migrant Children, programs for migrating youth, the protection needs of migrant children, their stories before, during, and after their journey, reception programs, family reunification, and child protection systems in supporting families at risk. Stay tuned for an upcoming briefing.
- The 2013 Refugee Congress will take place December 9-11 in Washington, DC. Former refugees from Syria, Iraq, Rwanda and 20 other nations, all of whom now call the U.S. home, will gather to meet policymakers and to ensure the refugee voice is part of the conversation on U.S. refugee policies and programs.
- The 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse will take place March 24-27, 2014 in Huntsville, Alabama. The conference will offer more than 130 workshops presented by nationally-recognized experts from all facets of the child maltreatment field.
- Call for proposals! The National Migration Conference, co-hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities USA, will take place July 7- 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Proposals should touch on one or more of the elements of the 2014 NMC theme: In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service. Individuals and nonprofit organizations need access to up-to-date information and guidance from experts in the field in order to address migration related issues effectively.
- Notah Begay III Foundation-Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Capacity Building Grant will be used to partner with Native communities to support: 1) Community Health Assessments to better understand the root causes of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes resulting in strategies and an action plan to address this issue; or 2) Community Planning and Capacity Building to create a community-driven action plan to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. The deadline to apply is December 16.
- The Dollar General Literacy Foundation plans to mark its 20th anniversary by awarding more than $6 million in grants to support literacy programs at more than 700 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations. Expect grant application availability in January 2014. https://www.riteaid.com/about-us/rite-aid-foundation Rite Aid Foundation— Health & Wellness Grants are dedicated to helping communities lead happier, healthier lives and seeks to fund programs that focus on health and wellness. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.
- The 2014 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant is designed to teach lessons of peace and hunger awareness through garden activities. National and international youth gardening programs are eligible to participate. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2014.
- RSC East Asia Cultural Orientation program, a special feature from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center includes information on best practices, characteristics, programming, and activities. Basic information about all of the RSC CO programs can be found on the COR Center website within the area on Overseas CO Programs.
- 'Feeling and Being a Part of Something Better': Children and Young People Talk about Reintegration, from the Centre for Rural Childhood, Perth College and the Child Recovery and Reintegration Network, provides an overview of 89 consultations with reintegrated children and youth. Two questions were asked, 1) What are the most important changes that have happened to them since they joined the reintegration program? 2) What 'indicators' or 'signs' show us that a child has 'successfully reintegrated' and which indicators are most important for children and young people?
- "More Alike than Different: Promoting Respect through Multi-Cultural Books and Literacy Strategies", from Young Children, examines strategies to promote language and literacy development though multicultural literature. It provides numerous ideas and examples that are practical for early childhood classrooms and that build on children's background knowledge. (Description from source)
- Volume Three: Cultural Responsiveness, from the National Center and Linguistic Responsiveness, contains studies that convey the impact of cultural heritage on children's linguistic and social-emotional development, as well as resources that promote supportive learning environments and culturally responsive teaching strategies and family supports. Topics include working with diverse families and communities, developing cross-cultural competence, and managing diverse classrooms. (Description from source)
- Building Leaders in the Community, a new training manual from the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Healing in Partnership project, provides leadership and stress management skills and support to refugee youth. The sessions are designed to educate participants about the effects of fear and trauma on the mind and body, and offer techniques that can be used to control and manage these impacts. The training manual for educators and community workers in an after-school setting for refugee youth and is geared specifically for Karen youth, but it can be adapted for other ethnicities. (Description from source)
- Legal Services Assessment for Trafficked Children: Cook County, Illinois Case Study, from the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago, examines existing service providers working with both U.S. citizen and foreign national child trafficking survivors, the legal needs of trafficked children, current legal services available to this population, and gaps in those services specifically in Cook County. (Description from source)
- Strategic Communications for Community Engagement, from Welcoming America, discusses how to strategically communicate to build community support for refugees by developing a basic understanding of strategic communications, key audiences, and messaging.
- Solution Based Casework: Making the Link Fact Sheet, from the Center for the Study of Social Policy's (CSSP) Strengthening Families (SF) Protective Factors Framework, is a research-informed, cost-effective strategy to increase family stability, enhance child development, and reduce child abuse and neglect. In this fact sheet, the gap is bridged between SF and the Solution Based Casework model.