One in Five Children in Grandfamilies are Living in Immigrant Families (Press release)

Generations United - October 09, 2018

More than 544,000 children live in grandfamilies where the child, a parent, and/or a relative caregiver is foreign-born, according to a new report from Generations United, Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. With increased immigration enforcement and children being separated from their parents, grandparents and other relatives often step up to raise the children left behind.

Also: Love Without Borders: The 2018 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report:

Also: Love Without Borders: The 2018 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report Infographic:

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Provides key points related to traumatic separation and immigrant and refugee children, adapted from the NCTSN fact sheet Children with Traumatic Separation: Information for Professionals.

2018 National Child Traumatic Stress Network


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Provides tips for current caregivers and others to help address the needs of immigrant and refugee children who have experienced traumatic separation. The relationship with a parent is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. Separations from parents and siblings— especially under sudden, chaotic, or unpredictable circumstances such as those related to war, refugee, immigration, or detention experiences—may lead children to develop depression, anxiety, or separation-related traumatic stress symptoms. This tip sheet outlines what children of different ages might be experiencing and how caregivers and others can help.

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State supreme courts are increasingly being asked to provide guidance about requests for findings related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).[1] An immigrant youth can only seek SIJS, a form of humanitarian immigration relief, from the federal government after securing a state court order that includes specific findings. As the number of immigrant children and youth seeking SIJS has increased, more state trial and appellate courts are asked to consider petitions for findings in specific cases and, more broadly, the role of a state court in the SIJS process.

Several appellate decisions focus on whether the trial court can enter any SIJS findings. Others address more discrete areas, such as what a trial court with jurisdiction over youth under 18 should do when the young person reaches the age of majority in the state. In a recent case, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the court of last resort in Washington, D.C.) addressed the finding of reunification of an immigrant youth with a parent not being viable due to abandonment. Read the rest of the article, click here.  Source: ABA Child Law Practice Today.  January 24, 2018 by Cristina Cooper


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Attached you will find some helpful resources on the Implications of Immigration Status on Foster Care Licensure. Thanks to Cristina Ritchie Cooper, Senior Counsel and Assistent Director of State Projects at the ABA Center for Children and the Law, for sharing them.


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