What's New

April 2015


  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Learn how you can raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families to help prevent child abuse today! 
  • Human Trafficking, a short video from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), provides an overview of Migration & Refugee Services' Anti-Trafficking program, and how it is combating modern-day slavery, one community at a time.


  • The 18th National School Social Work Conference will be held April 15-18 in Nashville, Tennessee. "School Social Workers: Making a Difference in Schools, Homes & Communities" will include workshops on positive behavioral interventions, bullying, working with particular populations, mental health, parent engagement, and more.
  • The 13th Annual Freedom Network Conference will take place April 21-22, 2015 in Washington, DC. This year's conference will reflect on the successes of the past in the anti-trafficking field, current trends and issues, and work to devise recommendations for the future. 
  • The 9th ISPCAN Latin American International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect will take place April 26-29 in Toluca, Mexico. The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in partnership with the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEM) will bring together professionals who work on behalf of children who are affected by child abuse, neglect or other issues that impact their well-being.
  • Connecting Leaders, Impacting Communities and Sustaining Programs, a two day symposium sponsored by the National Partnership for Community Training in partnership with the University of Miami School of Law's Human Rights Clinic, will take place April 27-28, 2015, in Miami, Florida. The event will address considering non-traditional program structures, implementing meaningful partnerships, and integrating clinical and legal approaches, while experts will also address current thematic issues in torture treatment, such as working with interpreters and designing orientation curricula.
  • Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice, The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's (CASCW) 16th annual child welfare conference, will take place April 28, 2015 from 10-4:30 PM at TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota OR via a free live webstream.
  • Advancing Excellence through Innovation and Collaboration, the Child Welfare League of America's (CWLA) 2015 National Conference, will take place April 27-29, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. This conference provides an opportunity to learn from featured evidence-informed/based practices and real world solutions that demonstrate successful thinking in support of children, youth and families. On Wednesday, April 29, a super session "Emerging and Promising Practices for Addressing the Unique Needs of Immigrant Children and Families" will take place from 9AM-12:30PM. This super session, presented in partnership with The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (formerly the Migration and Child Welfare National Network), will provide promising strategies being implemented by child welfare agencies to address these needs and facilitate positive outcomes for children in immigrant families. Strategies will focus on engaging immigrant families and addressing unique barriers that may impact service delivery to promote safety and well-being. Specific strategies for fostering participation of detained and deported parents will also be addressed, as well as implications of recent immigration actions including the Parental Interests Directive.  
  • ECDC’s 21st National Conference on African Refugees and Immigrants, "Raising a Collective Voice: Newcomers, Partners, and Communities", will take place April 28-May 1, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. This year's conference will shed light on current refugee flows in Africa implicating the challenges and opportunities for providing safety and security.
  • CLINIC’s 17th Annual Convening will take place May 13-15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gather with fellow advocates and service providers, share strategies, and enhance your expertise to build welcoming communities.  On May 13, 2015, there will be a Nonprofit Leadership Workshop on Immigration Policy and Service where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of immigration law, ways to support your program staff, and strategies for engaging funders and the public on the importance of legal immigration programs to your community and mission.
  • The 5th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference will convene on June 4-6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  The conference will highlight the latest information on refugee health issues locally and internationally. 
  • The 29th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care will take place August 2-5, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature over 70 workshops highlighting the best practices being applied in the field. 
  • The 2015 ISPCAN European Regional Conference, “Collaborative Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect - Cross-Sectorial Prevention and Intervention”, will take place this fall in Bucharest, Romania. It is expected to attract approximately 500-700 delegates, with a major focus on attracting professionals from a multitude of disciplines, including health, law, psychology, social services, and education as well as government and non-government services. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 28.
  • Catholic Charities USA 2015 Annual Gathering will take place September 10-12, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. This year's annual celebration provides an opportunity to share programmatic best practices.


  • The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State is now accepting proposals for the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Austria, Latin America and East Asia. RSCs will assist the Bureau in preparing the necessary casework for persons eligible for interview by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The deadline to apply is April 28, 2015 for Austria and Latin America and May 5, 2015 for East Asia.
  • Charitable Grants, from the Lawrence Foundation, support education, environmental, human services and other causes although interests are fairly diverse and may lead into other areas on an occasional basis. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.  
  • Grants for Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect, from the TANF Bureau, fund demonstration projects designed to test the effectiveness of tribal governments or tribal consortia in coordinating the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect of child welfare services and services under tribal programs funded under this part. These grants offer opportunities for Indian tribes and tribal consortia that administer Tribal TANF programs to develop more effective and efficient strategies to meet the unique needs of at-risk tribal service populations. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.
  • The Immigrant and Refugee Health Grant, from the CDC's Division for Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), is focused on improving the health among immigrants and refugees through public health partnerships, science, and response. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2015.  
  • Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), funds projects that help eligible refugee participants to open and contribute systematically to IDAs for specified goals, including home ownership, business capitalization, vehicles for educational or work purposes, professional certification, and certain educational opportunities. The deadline to apply is May 4, 2015.
  • The Basic Center Program (BCP) and Street Outreach Program (SOP), from The Family & Youth Services Bureau, provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care along with prevention services for youth who are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. The deadline to apply is May 4, 2015. 
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grant Program/National Domestic Violence Hotline, from the Family and Youth Services Bureau, will provide assistance in the following areas:  (1) crisis intervention and counseling by helping the caller identify problems and possible solutions, including making plans for safety in an emergency; (2) education and information about resources on domestic violence and dating violence, children exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault, intervention programs for batterers, working through the criminal and civil justice systems; and (3) nationwide referrals to domestic violence shelters and programs, social service agencies, programs addressing the needs of children exposed to domestic violence, legal assistance agencies, economic self-sufficiency programs, and other related services. The deadline to apply is May 11, 2015.  
  • Fiscal Year 2015 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), aims to prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2015.
  • Community Grants for Education, Health, and Emergency Relief, from the Ledyard Rotary Foundation, supports programs and initiatives that enhance educational opportunities, improve quality of life, improve access to or quality of health care, address social problems in the community, advance charitable giving, or provide emergency relief. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2015.  
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program, from The Department of Education, provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander students to assist such institutions to plan, develop, undertake, and carry out activities to improve and expand such institutions' capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals.  The deadline to apply is May 19, 2015.  
  • Community Impact Grants, from The Coca-Cola Company and Foundation, support organizations that work in the following areas: water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling, and education. The deadline is rolling.  
  • The GTECH After School Advantage Program, by GTECH Corporation, provides qualifying nonprofit community agencies with state-of-the-art, internet-ready computer centers. The deadline is rolling.


Migration/Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Not Just Numbers, a toolkit from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), aims to teach young people about migration and asylum in the European Union. It includes a teacher's manual, DVD, media exercise and is available in 20 languages.

Cultural Competency

Child Welfare

  • The Complex and Varied Households of Low-Income Hispanic Children, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, examines the household composition of low-income Hispanic children, based on analyses of recent nationally-representative data. The report explores the size and structure of low-income children's households, the employment status of adult household members, and the variation in these patterns by whether the parents were born in the United States or outside it, in light of the unique challenges that immigrant households may face.  
  • DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action, a report from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), provides the most up-to-date estimates available for the size, countries of origin, educational attainment, employment, English proficiency, age, gender, and poverty rates for the DACA population nationally and for key states, based on an analysis of U.S. Census data. The report also offers DACA application rates nationally and in key states, as well as for particular national-origin groups. The report is accompanied by a new data tool that offers estimates of the current and potentially eligible DACA populations for 41 states, as well as detailed profiles for the United States and 25 states. (Description from source)  
  • The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, from the Australian Human Rights Commission, discusses the country's 800 children who remain in mandatory closed immigration detention for indefinite periods, with no pathway to protection or settlement.  
  • Central America: Information on Migration of Unaccompanied Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), identifies U.S. mission-level efforts to (1) identify causes of the rapid increase in migration of unaccompanied children and (2) address the causes identified. GAO developed a set of questions to obtain written responses from State, USAID, and DHS officials responsible for programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and then reviewed, analyzed, and tabulated these agency officials' responses. (Description from source)


  • Understanding Children's Well-being, from Save the Children, discusses psychosocial support both in and out of school as well as community-based, child protection including grief reactions and children's rights and needs, and concludes with information on how to help.

Youth Development

  • Fair and Accurate? Migrant and Refugee Young People, Crime and the Media, from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, aims to gain a more accurate picture of migrant and refugee youth offending, by comparing media portrayals with available police, census and Youth Justice (Department of Human Services) data. To set the context, it briefly explores risk and protective factors, with specific regard to the migrant and refugee experience. It also examines the negative impact that misinformed public perception can have upon the lives of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. (Description from source)

Health/Mental Health


  • Human Trafficking: What Child Welfare Workers Should Know, from the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Family and Children's Resource Program, points out that child welfare professionals are often among the first to learn about child trafficking, which involves minors. By knowing how to identify and respond to victims, social workers can help bring safety and healing to children traumatized by human trafficking.

Program Development

  • Reframing Refugees Messaging Toolkit, from Welcoming America, is designed to help people working with and on behalf of recent refugees to deliver strong messages that will encourage community leaders and policy makers to take action to support refugees in their area. (Description from source)