Child Welfare & Migration


Kids between laws and lands

Immigration has been a part of U.S. culture since its history began, and currently Immigrant parents and their children represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Nearly one in four children in the U.S. (23%) currently lives in a family with at least one immigrant parent. Among these children, more than four out of five were born in the USA, and as any other children, they deserve to be protected from abuse, neglect, and abandonment by the child welfare systems. With these shifting dynamics and often convoluted laws, child welfare workers need support to help keep innocent children affected by migration protected from harm.

That’s where American Humane Association’s Migration & Child Welfare initiative steps in. Through our efforts to increase education of child welfare workers, child welfare agencies across the country will be better-prepared to address the unique and complex needs of this vulnerable population.

Our Position

American Humane believes that child welfare services should be available to all children, regardless of their immigration status or the status of their parents.

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Migration and Child Welfare National Network

Join the MCWNN Membership to the Migration and Child Welfare National Network is FREE and there are several advantages to joining:

  • Members learn from the experience and expertise of others.

  • Members share knowledge and strategies.

  • Members participate in collaborative efforts to improve services for immigrant families in the child welfare system.

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