About the Migration and Child Welfare National Network

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What Is the Migration and Child Welfare National Network?

Leading organizations in the fields of immigration and child welfare have come together to increase the effectiveness of the child welfare system's and other corresponding systems' response to migration issues. These organizations constitute the founding members of theMigration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN).

The network currently has four main areas of focus, formed into committees, related to migration and child welfare:

  • policy/advocacy,
  • promising practices,
  • Research and evaluation; and,
  • transnational relations.

Committees assigned to each of these areas hold bimonthly conference calls and have activities planned for the next few years.

Join the MCWNN

Membership to the Migration and Child Welfare National Network isFREE 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.

If you would like to join the network, please download, complete and return a membership form.  For additional information, please contact CWMN@americanhumane.org.

The MCWNN’s Guiding Principles

  1. The migration of children and families to the United States is a very important, but largely unaddressed, issue affecting the child welfare system.
  2. Immigrant children who are involved in the programs that provide child protection and child welfare services must be afforded services that will address their needs for safety, permanency and well-being.
  3. Child welfare services should be available to all children, regardless of immigration status. 
  4. Federal, state and local policies should encourage full integration of immigrant families into U.S. society through an expanded delivery of child welfare services.
  5. All child welfare agencies and courts, and the professionals who work within these settings, must, individually and through their membership organizations, become better informed about immigration laws and best practices affecting the immigrant children and families they are serving.
  6. Delivering services to migrating children and families should be a focus at major national child welfare conferences, in the work of the federal child welfare resource centers, and in new research and demonstration projects.
  7. The roots and causes of migration issues impacting child welfare cannot begin to be resolved unless collaboration with other countries exists; the issues that impact U.S. systems do not start and stop at our borders, but are the result of larger, more complex problems that need to involve transnational activities and a global approach.

Created by the participants at the Migration: A Critical Issue for Child Welfare roundtable convened by the American Humane Association and Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Ill., July 26, 2006, with revisions by the group in Washington, D.C., February 25, 2007.

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