Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Clearinghouse for?

The Clearinghouse is for professionals who encounter refugee and immigrant children and families in their work, particularly from the following service areas:

  • Refugee resettlement
  • Ethnic community based organizations
  • Child welfare
  • Family strengthening
  • Education
  • Early childhood
  • Youth programming
  • Juvenile justice
  • Health/mental health

What types of items are in the Clearinghouse?  

  • Articles
  • Audio-visual materials
  • Books
  • Instructional materials
  • International conventions or regulations
  • Reports and Information Analyses
  • Presentations
  • Program descriptions and “Promising Practices”

How did the Clearinghouse Develop?

The BRYCS Clearinghouse was launched in early 2003 and has grown tremendously over the years to include over 5,100 resources.  In the beginning, BRYCS conducted a needs assessment with potential Clearinghouse users from local and national resettlement agencies, local and national ethnic organizations, and public child welfare agencies.  Combined with information gathered in our technical assistance activities and ongoing communications with service providers, this helped BRYCS understand information needs, as well as to prioritize topics and the types of documents to acquire. 

How is the Clearinghouse Maintained?

Currently, BRYCS staff sifts through dozens of email newsletters and publisher’s catalogs each month to identify new resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families.  In addition, resources are recommended by service providers from the field.  Each of these items is reviewed for their relevance and usefulness to service providers.  The best resources are briefly highlighted in the “What’s New” section of the BRYCS Web site and are then added to the Clearinghouse collection.  Resources are made available full-text whenever possible and for resources that are not full-text, information on how to access each item is provided.

What if I know about a resource BRYCS does not yet have?

You can suggest a resource anytime!  Email info@brycs.org today!