Who We Serve
The Safe Passages Family Reunification program serves undocumented children detained by the Department of Homeland Security and placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services (ORR/DUCS). Some children were detained while entering the United States, and others were placed into custody after living in the United States for several years.
Current USCCB Family Reunification Service Providers as of July 2010
What We Do
The USCCB/MRS Unaccompanied Alien Children or “Safe Passages” program began in 1994 and is currently funded by the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services (DUCS) of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The program provides for the release and family reunification or long-term foster care of unaccompanied, undocumented children who have been apprehended by immigration officials. The program provides an alternative to detention and supports family reunification whenever possible.
Home Study Services
What You Can Do
Social Service providers can conduct home studies, follow-up or counseling services for unaccompanied, undocumented youth! Contact Children’s Services at USCCB to learn how your child welfare agency can assist in family reunification efforts.
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