Tool kits for working with immigrant families

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A Social Worker's Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families – Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System (September 2010)

Written by the Migration and Child Welfare National Network, this tool kit 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.

Download the executive summary. (PDF)

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A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families -- Executive Summary

A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families -- A Child Welfare Flowchart (August 2009) and A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working with Immigrant Families -- Immigration Status and Relief Options (June 2009) provide 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.

Download the Tool Kit. (PDF)


A Social Worker's Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families -- A Child Welfare Flowchart (August 2009)

Written by the Migration and Child Welfare National Network, this 10-page tool kit 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.

Download the Tool Kit. (PDF)


A Social Worker's Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families -- Immigration Status and Relief Options (June 2009)

Written by the Migration and Child Welfare National Network, this 21-page tool kit 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.

Download the Tool Kit. (PDF)

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