- June 2011
- Vol. 12, No. 5
Immigrant Families in Child Welfare
A recent issue of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter provides a broad overview of many of the issues facing child welfare systems as they serve a growing and increasingly diverse immigrant population. The lead article, "Serving Immigrant Families," provides definitions of different immigrant statuses and discusses the effects of immigration, cultural competency, use of interpreters, and needed services. Other articles in the newsletter address more specific issues:
- "Adjustment of Immigrant and Refugee Children" (including risk and protective factors)
- Spotlights on several Virginia programs that serve refugees and immigrants
- "Child Maltreatment in Immigrant Populations"
- "Serving Immigrant Victims of Intimate Partner Violence"
Download the newsletter from the James Madison University website:
- The Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services website includes a wealth of child welfare resources: http:www.brycs.org/child_welfare.cfm
- A recent issue of The Dialogue, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), includes articles on adapting trauma interventions for refugee families and on vicarious trauma in workers: http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/dialogue/Dialogue_Vol7_Issue2.pdf (544 KB)