Critical Issues at the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare and How You Can Help Prepare Families Who Are Immigrants

Date: Thursday, February 08, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

Critical Issues at the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare and How You Can Help Prepare Families

Thu, Feb 8, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

As the Trump Administration has increased its focus on immigration issues, and ramped up enforcement actions, we are seeing a corresponding increase in the stress experienced by children and families who are immigrants. This webinar will provide an overview of critical issues facing children and families who are immigrants as they encounter the child welfare system. It will also provide information about a concrete resource that you can use to help families prepare legally, financially, and psychologically for potential detention or deportation.


Elisa Ortiz, Director of Network Collaboration, Appleseed
Ms. Ortiz joined Appleseed in 2016 with 15 years of experience developing and leading advocacy campaigns, organizing and facilitating social justice coalitions, and leading project teams. She has worked in a variety of movements including tobacco control, transportation equity, low income housing, and reproductive rights. Prior to Appleseed, she worked at Justice at Stake as Deputy Director of State Affairs working with state partners, outreaching to new constituencies, and managing the annual conference of the judicial selection reform community.

Megan Finno-Velasquez, LMSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University and Director, Center on Immigration and Child Welfare
Dr. Finno-Velasquez is an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University’s School of Social Work, and Director of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Finno-Velasquez was a child welfare administrator at the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, where she spearheaded policy and programmatic initiatives to improve practice with immigrant families. She received her M.S.W. from New Mexico Highlands University and a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Finno-Velasquez has numerous publications examining characteristics and experiences of immigrants involved with child welfare.

This program has been approved for one (1) CEU by the NASW Washington State Chapter.  Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-176. There is a $20 fee for CEUs for non-members and a $10 fee for CWLA members.  If you are interested in CEUs, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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