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Guide: School Enrollment for Students in Temporary Housing

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 1, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Housing
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education, Child and Youth Wellbeing
Ensuring access to education is an essential element of resettlement. Finding affordable housing is a significant challenge in most communities in the U.S., and at times, clients may be unhoused or in temporary housing. This guide discusses school enrollment for children and youth who are facing this circumstance. The McKinney-Vento/Homeless Assistance Act is a U.S. …

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Poster: Unaccompanied Children (UC) and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Infographics

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: September 14, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Guardianship
These infographics were designed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for the public. They are related to helping Unaccompanied Afghan Minors (UAMs) and will be useful for both Unaccompanied Children (UC) and Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) programs. Infographics include: State Help for Afghan Children Interested in Fostering? How UC Qualify for URM UC and …

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Video: Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Unaccompanied Children (UC) in the United States

Author(s): National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Date: August 4, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Mental Health and Wellness
This 6-minute video provides a brief overview of the mental health needs of unaccompanied children (UC) who have experienced significant trauma in their home countries and along their journey to the United States. It discusses push and pull factors, complex trauma, prolonged threats, policies, prevention, mental health, and support.
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Archived Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Unaccompanied Children (UC)

Author(s): National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Date: July 29, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Mental Health and Wellness
This webinar series covered the impact of trauma on children during all phases of their migration journey. Nationally recognized speakers from NCTSN were joined by experts from the Irving Harris Foundation’s Professional Development Network to provide best practices for culturally responsive and trauma-informed provision of services. This series featured diverse expertise from the fields of …

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Guide: Children, Youth, and Families Who Experience Migration-Related Trauma and Family Separation

Author(s): National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Date: July 23, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Wellbeing
This resource offers information on unaccompanied and separated immigrant youth in the U.S. who have experienced migration-related trauma and family separation. This brief includes information about: who unaccompanied children (UC) are and how many are in the U.S.; how traumatic separation affects immigrant children, youth, families, and systems; and what can be done to assist …

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Guide: Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Unaccompanied Children (UC)

Author(s): National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Date: July 4, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Mental Health and Wellness
Psychological First Aid (PFA) for unaccompanied children (UC) is an evidence-informed modular approach to assist unaccompanied children immediately after arriving in the US. This approach includes a set of tools to assist staff in supporting unaccompanied children through early transitions. It is useful for working with unaccompanied children preparing to reunite with family members, or …

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Archived Webinar: Safety Planning with Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 15, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Safety
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Wellbeing, Safety Planning
This webinar, hosted on April 15 2021, was delivered by Amy Fleischauer, Director of Survivor Support Services, International Institute of Buffalo, and Tigest Coleman, Strengths-Based Services Training Officer, Switchboard.  This webinar introduced current URM service providers to key approaches, including safety planning, to help identify vulnerable youth and prevent further exploitation. Webinar transcript coming soon! …

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Toolkit: Safety Planning with Foreign National Children and Youth Survivors of Trafficking

Author(s): U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
Date: February 2, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Safety
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Wellbeing, Safety Planning, Screening and Assessment
Foreign national minors in the United States who have been subjected to a severe form of trafficking in persons are eligible for certain benefits and services under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended. The Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) funds case management services for qualifying minors. This toolkit uses notes, tips, …

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Promising Practice: Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) Graduation Recognition Program

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: November 20, 2020
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education, Child and Youth Wellbeing
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) in Seattle, WA created an annual graduation recognition program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) graduating from high school or college. The program includes a formal gala; free professional photo portraits; an acknowledgement of foster families and others who provided support; and provides an opportunity for former URMs, who often return, …

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Archived Webinar: Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serve Latin American Children who Experience Traumatic Separation

Author(s): National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Date: June 26, 2020
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Mental Health and Wellness
In this webinar, experts from diverse service sectors explored trauma-informed, culturally responsive strategies for serving separated children who have migrated to the US from countries in Latin America. They will discuss policies and practices relevant to the protection and best interests of unaccompanied children (UC) and separated immigrant children. Presenters also gave viewers an overview …

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