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November 2014
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Now available online! BRYCS co-sponsored "Supporting Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Schools" with USCCB's Children's Services. With the new school year underway, communities nationwide will begin to notice a new population of undocumented children within their schools and may be perplexed at how to assist these children and their families. This Webinar provides an overview of current humanitarian crisis and information regarding school enrollment including some of the challenges and best practices. Finally, since many of these children have experienced some type of trauma prior to coming to the U.S., an introduction to trauma-informed education is provided. The audio recording and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation have been archived. Please check back for a supplemental FAQ sheet. 
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EVENTS

  • The 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 14-16 in Los Angeles, California. This year marks the seventh year of NIIC, creating a collegial space across the advocacy, policy, service, corporate, labor, and academic worlds for discussions of practical solutions for immigrant integration.  
  • Save the date! The 29th Annual Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse will take place February 23-24 in Las Colinas, Texas. The Conference is designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical & legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates.
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FUNDING

  • Mathematics Grant for 6-8th Grade Teachers, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, aims to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. The deadline to apply is November 7. 
  • 2015-2016 Health Policy Fellows Program, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will provide up to six awards to exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties, government and nonprofit health care organizations who are interested experiencing the health policy process at the federal level. The deadline to apply is November 13. 
  • 2014 School Library Grants, from the Laura Bush Foundation, help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise would not have access to them. The deadline to apply is December 15. 
  • Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Grants, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages grant applications to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children's health and well-being. The deadline to apply is December 22. 
  • Walmart's 2014 Community Grant Program aims to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. The deadline to apply is December 31. 
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RESOURCES

Migration/Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Children's Stories that Build Resiliency, from Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, is a collection of fifteen popular children's stories and corresponding questions that are engaging, provide a chance for you to have an open discussion with a child about their emotions, and also allow you to model what children can say or do when confronted with situations that can test their resiliency. 

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Congolese Refugees in the United States, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR), has been translated in Kinyarwanda. This joins the multilingual language version of the video, in which viewers can hear the interviewees each speaking the language of their choice and while is subtitled in English. The video includes interviews with refugees and community leaders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and refugee service providers, speaking about the resettlement experiences of newly-arrived and previously resettled refugees from the DRC. Topics addressed include employment opportunities, experience learning English in the United States, education for children and adults, inter-ethnic co-existence, family adjustment, emotional health, and other matters that affect the refugees' daily lives. 
  • Country Conditions Report: El Salvador, from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), includes a timeline of important events, information on common torture methods, and an overview of the current situation. 

Child Welfare/Families

  • "Locking up Family Values, Again", from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC), concludes that there is no humane way to detain families. Report findings are based on staff visits to both the Karnes and Artesia family detention facilities which illustrated that large-scale family detention results in egregious violations of the United States' obligations under international law, undercuts individual due process rights and sets a poor example for the rest of the world. 
  • "Service Needs among Latino Immigrant Families: Implications for Social Work Practice", from Social Work, seeks to learn from Latino immigrant families what services they need to promote their families' well-being within a context of stringent anti-immigrant legislation. 
  • Protecting the Well-Being of Immigrant Children and Families, from MCWNN's Law and Policy Committee, calls for comprehensive immigration reform to address the threat of familial separation that faces millions of U.S. citizen children living in mixed status families. Administrative policy changes, such as granting deferred action to parents of minor children living in the U.S., can also help to prevent familial separation until comprehensive reform is achieved. (Description from source) 
  • The Flow of Unaccompanied Children through the Immigration System: A Resource for Practitioners, Policy Makers, and Researchers, from the Vera Institute, draws on knowledge gained through administering a federally funded program to improve access to legal services for these children, as well as data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, to document the path unaccompanied children follow through this system. In describing current policy and practice, it serves as a tool for practitioners, policy makers, and researchers working on issues affecting unaccompanied children nationwide. (Description from source) 
  • "Protecting the Rights of Indigenous and Multicultural Children and Preserving their Cultures in Fostering and Adoption", from Family Court Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal, examines transracial/cultural placement of children for fostering and adoption as discussed within the context of expert evidence in applications for permanent placement. 

Early Childhood

  • "Social Justice in Early Childhood Classrooms: What the Research Tells Us", in Young Children, discusses culturally relevant teaching, equity pedagogy, and critical pedagogy as potential pathways to supporting and engaging young diverse learners in early childhood environments. Examples of culturally relevant strategies in practice are highlighted. (Description from source)

Education 

  • Improving the Educational Outcomes of California's Immigrant Youth: A National Imperative, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, examines the many factors contributing to these trends through a mixed-method, cross-systems analysis. The report identifies innovative state policies and local practices that promote the success of ELLs and immigrants, and provide recommendations for building on these efforts. 

Youth Development

  • Why Youth Join Gangs, a video from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Gang Center, features gang researchers and practitioners providing their perspectives on gang joining plus youth sharing their gang experiences. This presentation highlights individual, family, school, peer, and community risk factors that may play a role in a youth's decision to join a gang. The video also addresses behaviors and circumstances that might be observed when interacting with youth at high risk of joining a gang. (Description from source) 

Health/Mental Health

  • Parental Health Literacy among Immigrants and Refugees and its Impact on Children, from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW), includes four modules addressing parental health and mental health literacy among immigrant and refugee families, highlighting its impact on children. 
  • "Physical and Mental Health Status of Iraqi Refugees Resettled in the United States", from the Journal of Immigrant Minor Health, shares the results of a survey conducted among Iraqi refugees resettled in the United States assess their physical and mental health status and healthcare access and utilization following the initial 8-month, post-arrival period. The study reported a high prevalence of chronic conditions and mental health symptoms despite relatively high access to healthcare. 
  • "Refugee's Responses to Mental Health Screening: A Resettlement Initiative", from the journal on Social Work, explores the reactions of eight Bosnian refugees who were administered the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 as part of a mental health screening during the resettlement process. Through structured interviews with this sample, the authors elicited qualitative data about the mental health screening, from which preliminary conclusions were drawn about including such screening in the resettlement process. (Description from source) 

Trafficking

Program Development

  • What's the Difference? Constructing Meaningful Comparison Groups, a video from the Children's Bureau, introduces four common types of comparison groups and describe how and when they can be used to strengthen program evaluation. While potentially useful for a wider audience, the video was designed with agency directors and managers, project directors, and program evaluators in mind. (Description from source) 
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