Child Welfare & Family Resources

SIJS Caseworker’s Toolkit for Children in Federal Custody

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Caseworker’s Toolkit for Children in Federal Custody, developed by the Children’s Services department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops / Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), in conjunction with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).

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) (formerly Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services or DUCS), to ensure that SIJS-eligible children receive the assistance and case monitoring they need during the SIJS application process.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)

provides national technical assistance to organizations serving refugees and immigrants so that all newcomer children and youth can reach their potential. Its clearinghouse of valuable curricula, articles, and more makes BRYCS one of the must-visit websites. Click here: BRYCS

Family Passages

has been offered by La Frontera Center to refugee families in Tucson since 2002. The series of classes, featured in the BRYCS family services guide, are designed to help refugee families understand the new society they live in, the challenges and opportunities that will be presented to them as parents, and strategies to help their children be successful in the United States. La Frontera uses evidence-based curricula, taught by members of the refugee communities in first languages. Evaluated yearly by the University of Arizona, this program has proven itself effective in improving family efficacy. For more information, contact Jacquie Villa-Baze at 520-838-5617 or by email at jvillabaze@lafrontera.org.