- BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, "School Enrollment FAQ" that provides quick reminders on what's needed to enroll a refugee or new immigrant child in school.
- New Promising Practices! The Post-Resettlement Community Center provides a safe space where a community can get to know people different from themselves. The center serves the refugee and low-income community center and welcomes all. Also, new this month is the Immigrant Family Reunification Program (IFRP). This program is an effort to identify students going through family reunification and to invite their parents to participate in parenting education classes.
- Newly released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016! These reports, from the U.S. Department of State, provide an accurate accounting of human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide-including home countries of our refugee communities. This helps to give an accurate picture of what refugees are facing in their countries of origin. These reports demonstrate the U.S.' commitment to advancing liberty, human dignity, and global prosperity.
- Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) 23rd Annual National Conference will take place May 31- June 2, 2017 in Arlington, VA. This year's theme is Strengthening Communities for Refugees in Response to a Changing Environment. The conference aims to enhance public awareness of and support for African refugee and immigrant needs, to strengthen resettlement programs and services, and to promote cultural and socio-economic initiatives that help newcomers integrate into their communities.
- The 19th International Conference on Sociology, Migration and Integration will take place June 7-8, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. The conference aims to bring together leading academic researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on the intersection of Sociology, Migration and Integration. The conference will also address such themes as family dynamics and inequalities in migration.
- The 6th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will take place June 28-30, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. This year's theme is Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy, and Practice.
- The International Summer School in Forced Migration will take place July 2-14, 2017 in Oxford, England. The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. Applications to attend are due April 28, 2017.
- Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)'s 31st Annual Conference will take place July 16-19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. This year's theme is harnessing winds of change to support children and families and will feature presentations by leading experts in the field of child welfare.
Call for Papers
- Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.
- Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
- Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return
migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.
- The Journal of Reproductive Health has put out a call for articles on FGM/C. Submissions can be in a variety of formats, such as personal testimonies, case studies, descriptions of programs, and reports of interventions that have been tested and shown to decrease FGM/C or episiotomies.
- Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), assists high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The deadline for applications is May 17, 2017.
- Voya Foundation Grants support programs that help create financially resilient youth. Additionally, the grants support programs that work to ensure that youth are equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) expertise. The deadline is rolling.
- Youth Program Grants, from Kinder Morgan, support organizations that have one of the following programs: academic programs, including tutoring; arts education programs; environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. The deadline is rolling.
Migration & Resettlement Awareness
For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth
- Mama the Alien/Mama La Extraterrestre is the story of a young girl who misunderstands the word alien on her mother's Resident Alien Card and lets her imagination run wild, concluding that her mother is from outer space. This book is a lighthearted immigration tale and a celebration of family, no matter where that family comes from.
- I Pledge Allegiance tells the story of a young girl, Libby, and her Great Aunt, Lobo, who are both trying to learn the Pledge of Allegiance. Libby is learning it for school while her Great Aunt Lobo is learning it for her citizenship ceremony.
- Children of Yayoute: Folk Tales of Haiti is a collection of Haitian folktales featuring magical human and animal characters, from tricksters and buffoons to dancing dolls and talking fish.
- Growing in Ramadan with The Family, from the Family and Youth Institute, offers practical tips and resources on how to effectively utilize Ramadan to strengthen family relations and increase spirituality for all members. The webinar gives tips on how to utilize specific activities involving the Qur'an, prayers, food and charity.
- Lessons from Turtle Island: Native Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms is a complete guide to exploring Native American issues with children. It is a great tool to use to teach more about extent of US diversity to students. The guide show ways to incorporate authentic learning experiences about Native Americans into your curriculum and provides guidelines and resource lists for selecting appropriate toys, children's books, music, and art, and includes a family heritage project.
- Using Sheltered Instruction to Support English Learners, from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), describes when and how to use sheltered instruction to support English learners. It also discusses fundamental components of sheltered instruction, including content and language objectives, instructional strategies, and assessment of content learning. The brief concludes with a list of resources to help teachers support students through sheltered instruction as they develop their English proficiency and master grade-level academic content.
- True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children uses the debate over how best to educate immigrant children as a way to explore what national identity means in an age of globalization, transnationalism, and dual citizenship. This book argues that multilingualism can and should be part of a meaningful education and responsible national citizenship in a globalized world.
- Pursuing Health Equity through Welcoming Work, from Welcoming America, highlights some of the communities leading the charge to achieve health equity while welcoming newcomers. It explores key themes from their successes: newcomer participation, overcoming social and cultural barriers, and structural and policy change. Additionally, recommendations are provided for communities seeking to pursue a combined health equity and immigrant inclusion agenda.
- The Nutritional Health of Young Refugee Children Resettling in Washington State, from Migration Policy Institute, emphasizes the importance of addressing the entire spectrum of malnutrition—from undernutrition to overweight and obesity—when designing nutrition programs for refugee children both before and after their resettlement.
- Refugee Wellness Guide on the Syria Arab Republic, from the National Partnership for Community Training, provides a historical timeline of the country and gives an overview of the current conditions and pertinent issues. The CDC also has a health profile on Syria, which can be found here.
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