Refugee parents need support in maintaining strong relationships with their children and in preventing problems that can limit their children’s success in [...]
Growing Up in a New Country: A Positive Youth Development Toolkit for Working with Refugees and Immigrants
Interested in adopting a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach to working with newcomer youth? This Toolkit enables service providers to learn more about the Positive Youth Development approach, to develop new programs, and to enhance and sustain existing programs.
To improve access to Head Start services for newly arrived refugee children and families, BRYCS teamed with the Office of Head Start (OHS) National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR), to promote collaboration between local refugee resettlement and Head Start programs. This toolkit includes a broad range of materials to provide technical assistance geared towards refugees, refugee service providers, and Head Start programs.
Establishing guardianship (or in some states, custody) is recommended when a refugee family is caring for non-biological children under 18. These resources are for those assisting immigrant and refugee families who are caring for non-biological children (such as grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings, or friends).
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) to ensure that SIJS-eligible children receive the assistance and case monitoring they need during the SIJS application process.
The topics of the tools in this toolkit were developed in response to common questions posed by Refugee School Impact Grantees (RSIG) and other groups working with refugee children in the schools. It aims to facilitate information-sharing among school personnel and others working with refugee children in the schools on a national level, provide information on frequently asked questions in the form of brief "tools" that may be used in the professional development of teachers and other school personnel, and raise awareness of the needs of refugee children in the schools. Topics include grade placement, bullying, interpretation and translation, school enrollment and more!
Maya have long traditions of medical practices and beliefs, and understanding and appreciating their views and their holistic health beliefs will help promote a healthcare environment unobstructed by cultural differences. The objectives of this toolkit have been to identify the major healthcare barriers between Maya and medical professionals, and to create a variety of resources to bridge gaps in communication.
Learn more about how the child welfare system works and how to reach out and partner with child welfare agencies in your community, thus providing more comprehensive services to assist new refugees integrating into communities across the United States.