Welcome to the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Caseworker's Toolkit for Children in Federal Custody, developed by the Children's Services department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops / Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), in conjunction with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).
These materials were developed primarily for foster care caseworkers assisting children in the federal custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement / Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS) (formerly Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services or DUCS), to ensure that SIJS-eligible children receive the assistance and case monitoring they need during the SIJS application process.
In addition, we hope that these documents will also help social service and legal practitioners working with other children who may be eligible for SIJS.
Documents in this Toolkit include:
Product 1: SIJS Flow Chart
Product 2: SIJS Flow Chart - Accompanying Information
Product 3: Clarifying Roles
Product 4: Key Government Players
Product 5: Forms & Fees
Product 6: SIJS Q & A
Product 7: Work Permit Q & A
Product 8: Child-Friendly Immigration Resources
Product 9: BRYCS Child Welfare Resources
Please send any feedback about these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acknowledgements: USCCB/MRS wishes to acknowledge the hard work of numerous people on this project, including: Susan Schmidt, MSW and Nadine Wettstein, for researching and writing these documents; Julianne Duncan, Mimi Kleiner, Margaret MacDonnell, Adrienne Young, Beth Drevlow, Claudia Gilmore, and Anne Mullooly for reviewing, editing, supervising and supporting this project; Sarah Bronstein, James Eyster, Debbie Lee, Carlos Ortiz, and Susan Reed, for their knowledgeable legal input and review; Laura Climer, Molly Daggett, Myriam Hillin, Sierra Rowe, and Cecilia Saco, for their valuable direct practice and casework input.