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March 2015Vol. 16, No. 2Working With Refugee Families From Iraq

Child welfare professionals touch the lives of families from many different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds. To provide effective services, it is important for professionals to be culturally competent. Working with refugee families from Iraq who have resettled in the United States is one such example. Iraqis comprised many different ethnic groups and have varying cultural practices, and a recent factsheet from Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) provides general cultural information for professionals working with this population. The publication offers tips and techniques surrounding various domains of Islam and Iraqi culture, such as family and community, child rearing and child development, religion, guidance and discipline, school and education, health and mental health, and community leadership.

Refugee Families From Iraq is available on the BRYCS website at (271 KB).