Refugee families in the U.S. receive services from many different agencies, which approach their work with separate goals, perspectives, information and resources. This can lead to a fragmented experience on the part of families, and less effective services all around.
BRYCS aims to strengthen the capacity of refugee-serving and mainstream organizations across the U.S. to empower and ensure the successful development of refugee children, youth, and their families. In providing technical assistance and maintaining the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families, BRYCS increases public awareness and facilitates knowledge building, information sharing and collaboration among a diverse group of service providers, including child welfare, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, and ethnic and community-based organizations.
When agencies collaborate and share information, access and services improve. Refugee parents, youth, and children are thus better supported in their new culture, and are better equipped to meet adjustment challenges as they integrate into their new communities and strive towards self-sufficiency and long-term integration.