• February 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 1

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Helping Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System

The Migration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN) has developed A Social Worker's Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families: Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System. The toolkit offers guidelines to assist child welfare and community-based agencies responding to the needs of immigrant families exposed to child maltreatment and other sources of traumatic stress:

  • Section I looks at how elements of good child welfare practice have implications for immigrant families exposed to traumatic stress. It also discusses the different sources of traumatic stress for these families.
  • Section II provides guidelines for integrating good child welfare practice with trauma-informed care, addressing such topics as engagement, assessment, and case planning. Special considerations for domestic violence are included.
  • Section III discusses building child welfare agency capacity through policies and protocols, administrative supports, staff training, and community partnerships.
  • The last sections feature frequently asked questions about immigrant families and appendices that include a case example and additional resources for child welfare staff.

The toolkit, by Elena Cohen, is available on the American Humane website:

http://www.americanhumane.org/children/professional-resources/program-publications/child-welfare-migration/tool-kits.html (597 KB)

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