Who We Serve
- Refugee children
- Undocumented children
- Foreign-born child victims of trafficking for sex, labor, or domestic servitude
- Cuban and Haitian entrant children
- Children with asylum status
- Certain children with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
- Children who are abandoned due to a family breakdown or death
To ensure that the best interests of the above populations are considered and protected, our national network provides the following services:
USCCB/MRS Children’s Services Foster Care Staff
- Review all cases for the best placements within the national network.
- Refer cases to a URM foster care program that can best meet the child’s needs.
- Provide technical assistance to the URM programs regarding specific cases, potential populations and programmatic issues.
- Provide on-site guidance and develop capacity to expand placement options and ensure quality care for future URM cases.
- Provide national case management oversight and monitoring of certain cases.
- Represent the URM program network within inter-agency working groups addressing the needs of unaccompanied children
- Train foster families with cross-cultural experience, interest and sensitivity
- Intensive case management by bilingual, bicultural staff
- Indirect financial support for necessities like housing and clothing
- Assist with immigration legal services
- Access to health care, including medical care, dental care and mental health services
- Collaborate with schools and human service providers about the needs of foreign-born youth
- Tutoring and mentoring
- Preparation for independent living
- Mentors to provide mature guidance and develop lasting relationships
- Peer support through relationships with other foreign-born foster youth
What You Can Do
Learn how you can become a foster parent (FAQ’s coming soon!) to an unaccompanied refugee or immigrant minor! Refugee foster care programs are separate from domestic foster care programs in that they have been developed by agencies with expertise in working with refugees. Foster families are oriented towards the particular needs of refugee youth. See our map of URM foster care programs to learn if a program is in your area! Contact Children’s Services for more information.To learn more, visit our Resources!