What's New

May 2015


  • Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents, the White House Task Force on New Americans, outlines an integration strategy for the federal government, including goals and recommended actions to build welcoming communities; strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote civic engagement; support the skill development, entrepreneurship, and protect new American workers; expand opportunities for linguistic integration and education; and strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure.
  • Help Migration and Refugee Services Celebrate our Golden Anniversary! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). We wish to invite you to share with us in the yearlong celebration of this important milestone. One meaningful way you can do this is by offering a brief written testimonial that highlights your partnership with USCCB/MRS and what that has meant to you and/or your organization and those you serve. USCCB/MRS is also sponsoring a video contest that highlights the various ways in which migration manifests itself in the United States and around the world. Apply by June 30, 2015.
  • May is National Foster Care Month! Every May, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Information Gateway, celebrates and promotes awareness for National Foster Care Month. This year's theme, "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care," recognizes those who provide support to children and youth in care; the variety of ways in which permanency can be achieved; and the need to plan for the appropriate placement of children and youth. The National Foster Care Month website launched in March, providing early access to resources specifically focusing on engaging and supporting youth, families and caregivers, communities, Tribes, and professionals. The website also features real-life stories to inspire and share, graphics and social media tools to promote awareness, and the State Foster Care Contacts map to connect with others in the foster care community! 




  • 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. 
  • Responsible Fatherhood: Improving Relationships and Economic Outcomes for Fathers and Families, from The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationships, communication and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services. The deadline to apply is May 26, 2015.
  • Human Trafficking Grants, from the Office for Victims of Crime, aim to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased autonomy and self-sufficiency, and an increased feeling of safety and well-being. The primary objectives of this funding opportunity are to enhance inter-agency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and to provide high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.
  • Centers of Excellence in Refugee Health, from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will help create Centers of Excellence in refugee and immigrant health. These centers will provide expertise in the diverse area of dealing with these vulnerable populations and will build upon existing infrastructure and collaborate with established partners. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2015.
  • Assets for Independence (AFI) Program, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), supports individual development accounts and financial capability for low-income individuals, and is incentivizing collaborations with refugee-serving organizations. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2015.
  • Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development (RFCCMED) Program, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), helps refugees attain economic self-sufficiency by becoming licensed family child care businesses. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2015.
  • Direct Services for Survivors of Torture (DS SOT) grant program, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to increase survivors’ access to holistic, strengths-based, and trauma-informed services to assist them in the healing and recovery process. Under this grant program, direct services are provided to refugees, asylum seekers, asylees, certain immigrant classes, and United States citizens who have been tortured on foreign soil.The deadline to apply is June 26, 2015.


Migration/Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Boy Overboard, is the story of Jamal and his family on their journey to Australia. Jamal and Bibi want to be part of the next World Cup but first they must face landmines, pirates, storms, and assassins to get to their new lives.

Child Welfare

  • Unaccompanied Child Migration to the United States: The Tension between Protection and Prevention, a report from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), explains the shifting patterns of Central American migration between 2011 and 2014, analyzes the root of the policy challenges posed by these flows, and outlines U.S. and regional policy responses to address the crisis. It also makes recommendations on policies that advance both critical protection and enforcement goals in situations of complex, mixed flows, and provides additional policies that the United States, Mexico, and the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras might adopt to better manage child and family migration pressures today and in the future. A supplemental webinar, “Child and Family Migration to the United States: Continuing Flows and Evolving Responses”, is also available (Description from source) 
  • New resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), outline the Legal and Child Advocate Program in English and Spanish. 
  • Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S., from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, provides a national portrait of low-income Hispanic families in the U.S. Having a better understanding of these families will help programs and policymakers in their efforts to assist these families. The report uses recent nationally-representative data to describe the relationship and childbearing histories of low-income Hispanic men and women aged 15 to 44, and distinguishes by nativity—i.e., born in the U.S. versus in some other country. 
  • "Children at the U.S. Border: Credible Fears, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Causes of the Southwestern Border Surge", from the Chapman Law Review, examines the available data to try to identify the factors that have contributed to the surge in border crossings by credible fear claimants and UACs.

Early Childhood

  • Immigrant and Refugee Workers in the Early Childhood Field: Taking a Closer Look, a report from the Migration Policy Network (MPI), offers a first-of-its-kind analysis of the ECEC workforce’s nativity, language skills, educational attainment, pay, race/ethnicity and other socio-demographic characteristics. It includes data profiles for a number of key states, including: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington.



  • Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities, from the Global Migration Group, focuses on migrant adolescents and youth because they represent a specific category of migrants whose unique needs, rights and challenges are not addressed as part of the larger migration policy debate. Several chapters include discussions of internal as well as international migration issues, and certain chapters also address youth/adolescents affected by migration in other ways, such as children born to immigrant parents in destination countries. (Description from source)

Health/Mental Health

  • Keeping Kids Safe: Preventing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States, an archived webinar from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provides an overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), highlights the U.S. government’s response to FGM/C, discusses its physical, psychological, and emotional impacts, provides resources for practitioners and educators, and explores laws to keep children safe. (Description from source)
  • "Neglected Child Refugees: Undiscovered Issues and Suggestions for Services", from the Journal of Counseling in Illinois, is a review of existent mental health concerns of child refugees, an overview of current mental health services available to them, and a call for the awareness and social action of mental health professionals to increase the availability and quality of those services. 
  • Assisting Refugees in Applying for Disability Exceptions for U.S. Citizenship, an information guide from The National Partnership of Community Training (NPCT), instructs refugee service providers and community leaders, as well as clinical and legal professionals, about the criteria and processes for seeking disability exceptions for citizenship. The information guide addresses the general requirements of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions from a legal, medical and psychological perspective. 


Program Development

  • Asylum Network Research Matchmaker, allows organizations that work with migrants and researchers (that is students and academics) to connect with each other to ensure that the research that students and academics carry out about migration is useful and interesting to both these organizations and to migrants themselves.
  • A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities, from the Children’s Bureau, can be used to create a shared vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and provide a common language for Tribal communities and evaluators as they improve evaluation practice. A supplemental video highlights the difficult history of evaluation and research in tribal communities and explores a new narrative for conducting culturally responsive and scientifically rigorous evaluations to support ongoing improvement in tribal child welfare programs.