Additional Presentations by Network Members

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Below are presentations made at events other than the 2006, 2008 and 2009 Migration and Child Welfare National Network conferences.


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Properly Assessing Immigrant Children & Their Families to Best Meet the Complex Needs While in the System

Presented by Ken Borelli and Lara Bruce during the 2011 National CASA conference Chicago, Illinois, March 2011.

During this workshop several strategic areas for CASA involvement in cases with immigrant children and families were discussed and reviewed by participants. Approximately, 70 conference attendees were present at the session that represented CASA volunteers, case supervisors and other program staff, program administrators and board members from a number of differing jurisdictions. The questions raised and specific cases reviewed during and following the workshop session highlighted the need for more information and resources related to this topic become available for CASA volunteers and agencies as well as to the child welfare field generally.

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At the Crossroads of Child Welfare and Immigration: Understanding Current Challenges Facing Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System

A presentation by Sonia Velazquez at the 12th Statewide Family Centered Practice Conference, "Supporting Families in a Changing Arizona," in Phoenix.

How is the child welfare system addressing the needs of immigrant families and how might current federal, state and local immigration policies affect the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families? Ms. Velazquez discussed these and other issues in this keynote presentation.

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Immigrants and the Child-Only TANF Caseload

A presentation by Richard Speiglman, Rosa Maria Castaneda and Randy Capps at the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics Conference, July 2009.

Many very poor families across the United States secure cash and other assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program. Neither unauthorized immigrants in the U.S., nor most authorized immigrants who are recent arrivals, are qualified to receive this aid. However, in almost all states many of the citizen children of immigrants -- whatever their parents’ status -- are eligible. Situations such as these in which one or more children, but no parents, receive aid are termed “child-only” TANF cases. For very poor, immigrant families, the cash assistance, along with food stamps and other benefit programs, may begin to address family hardships and make the difference between an empty and full refrigerator and between severely crowded living conditions and those more supportive of the well-being of the family members. But not all eligible children receive the TANF benefits.

American Humane, with additional support provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, funded a project to study "Immigrants and the Child-Only TANF Caseload" in one California county. The researchers relied on key informant interviews with staff of the county welfare agency and community social services and advocacy agencies, as well as on focus groups with parents whose children are eligible for -- but may or may not access -- the cash assistance, to examine whether current policy meets the needs of the children in these families. The researchers report on family motivation to secure the assistance for their children, as well as the barriers to doing so that they experience, and conclude with policy and program recommendations for county, state and federal officials.

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Well-Being and Immigrant Families: The Intersection of Migration and Child Welfare

A presentation at the 2008 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference, "Connecting the Dots...Turning Knowledge into Action" by Sonia Velazquez, American Humane; Alan Dettlaff, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago; Robert Mindell, Latino Child Welfare Training Initiative; and Lara Bruce, American Humane

This presentation addressed practice, program and policy issues in an effort to support child welfare professionals in their work with immigrant children and families. It also identified emerging issues that impact child and family well-being and how that affects established systems of protection and care.

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