- It’s here! Raising Teens in a New Country: A
Guide for the Whole Family was created for parents and teens who are new to the
United States, and for the service providers working with them. This guide covers topics that often come up in
families raising teenagers in the United States (such as cultural identity,
dating & discipline) and reminds newcomers that every parent worries for
their children and most teens face these challenges. Our free interactive online training module is a convenient way for parents and teens to start conversations and learn more about each other.
- New Promising Practice! Ready to Learn, a program of YMCA of Greater
Omaha, is designed to prepare children from poverty and immigrant and refugee
families for school and focuses on providing a nurturing, educational
environment for children and their caregivers and parents to learn together.
- Catholic Charities USA is accepting nominations
for the National Volunteer of the Year Award! The award is given to an
individual who embodies the mission of CCUSA, provides critical services to
those in need, advocates for justice in social structures and calls the entire
Church and other people of good will to do the same. Catholic Charities
agencies may submit up to three separate nominations. The deadline for all
nominations is March 1,
- The 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, "Building Community: A Call to the Common
Good", will take place February 3-6, 2018 in Washington
DC. The gathering includes dynamic and thought-provoking plenary presentations,
briefings, and workshops will focus on how the Church can respond to pressing
domestic and international social concerns, including migration.
- The 31st Annual Research & Policy
Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held
March 4-7, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The conference focuses on promoting the
development of research to improve service systems for children and youth with
mental health challenges and their families.
- Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) – A Culturally
Sanctioned Trauma: Intervention and Treatment in the U.S. and Europe will take
place on March 15, 2018 from 7-9pm in New York City. The presentation will
discuss the significant neurological and psycho-sexual impacts, as well as
explore the historical transmission and subsequent intergenerational trauma of
FGM/C. An overview of frequently used psychotropic medications to treat trauma,
including survivors of FGM/C, will also be presented.
- The 10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
will take place March 15-17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The conference brings
together faith leaders, health care providers and researchers to examine topics
related to mental health across the American Muslim community.
- The 16th Annual Freedom Network USA Human
Trafficking Conference will be held on April 4 – 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.
This conference provides the opportunity to speak with experts from around the
country, learn new skills, be inspired by ideas, and walk away connected,
informed, and better equipped to address the issue of human trafficking in your
- Youth on the Move:
Reframing and Representing Youth Migration, will take place April 11-13, 2018
in Johannesburg, South Africa. This interdisciplinary workshop and conference
seeks to unite emerging and established scholars and practitioners to
investigate both the conceptual and territorial migration of children and youth
across diverse contexts. The event aims to critically engage and explore the
following questions: How and why do young people circulate? What social,
political, or religious networks are used to help facilitate their movement?
How are young people on the move represented in the media and in scholarship?
And how do they, in turn, represent themselves?
- The Ethiopian Community Development
Council's (ECDC) 24th Annual National Conference will take place April 18-19,
2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. This year's theme "U.S. Refugee Protection:
Reflecting on the Past and Preparing for the Future", aims to enhance public
awareness of and support for refugee and immigrant needs, to strengthen
resettlement programs and services, and to promote cultural and socio-economic
initiatives that help newcomers integrate into their communities. Workshop proposal
applications are due February 9, 2018, at 5pm.
- The 39th Annual
Meeting Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture will take place April 19-21, 2018 in San Diego, California. The
conference explores the implicit definitions of culture that are being used in
current mental health research and practice.
- Child Welfare League of America's (CWLA)
2018 National Conference, "Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy: Building
Resilience in Changing Times", will take place April 26-29, 2018 in Washington,
DC. The conference will focus on evidence-informed/based programs and
practices, and related policies and tools that lead to successful
implementation of practices, services, and programs.
- The 20th International Conference on
Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse will take place May 24-25, 2018 in
Montreal Canada. The conference aims to bring
together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to
exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of
Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse. It also provides the premier
interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present
and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical
challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Causes and
Consequences of Child Abuse.
- The 2nd International Expert Meeting
on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Sharing Data and Experiences, Improving
Collaboration will take place May 28-29, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The meeting
will focus on prevention, safeguarding, trials and child care, medical, legal
and social issues, and good practices and research.
- 19th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held
May 30 – June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The 2018 conference will continue to
focus on programs, policies, and services that support low-income and
vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency, as well as child
and youth well-being and strengthening families.
- The Family Focused Treatment Association’s
32nd Annual Conference will be held July 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The
FFTA Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for
advanced-level workshops on topics of culturally responsive practice – cultural
and ethnic disproportionality and disparities, and programs geared toward
specific populations –such as immigrants and sex trafficking victims. Proposals
are due by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
- 2018 North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is being held June 7-9, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.The
call for abstracts, workshops, and panel discussions is now open. Categories
include Mental Health,
Models of Care, Pediatrics, Vaccines, Community, Education/Research, Advocacy,
Screening, Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, or Nutrition and Body.
The submission deadline is March 1, 2018.
- The 2018 CCUSA Annual
Gatheringis taking place from September 12-14, 2018 in
Buffalo, New York. Proposals are now being accepted. Special consideration will be given to
proposals that further the Catholic Charities’ Strategic Priorities: Affordable
Housing; Integrated Health & Nutrition; Immigration & Refugee Services;
Leadership Development & Catholic Identity; Disaster Services; Social
Enterprise Initiatives; Advocacy & Social Policy Initiatives. The
submission deadline is March
Call for Papers
- Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has announced a call for papers for a special issue of
dedicated to issues surrounding the intersection of immigration and child
welfare. Much has changed since CWLA published its first special issue related
to immigration and child welfare and we are eager to build on the
ground-breaking work. Of particular interest are manuscripts that employ
analysis of data, policies, programs, and practices as they relate to
immigration and child welfare in the current political climate. Abstracts are due by February 16, 2018.
- Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.
- Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
- Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return
migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.
Out of Poverty, from the Herb Block Foundation, seeks proposals which focus on
improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Projects
may include in-school and community-based educational programs, after-school
activities, and mentoring programs. Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2018.
for Students and Youth grant, from The JAMS Foundation/ACR, provides funding
for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and
for adults working with youth populations. Programs that advance the
development, implementation, and/or assessment of conflict prevention and
resolution strategies to serve youth in families whose integrity is jeopardized
by changes in social environment that can lead to gang involvement are
encouraged to apply. Apply by February 14, 2018.
Screening in Children, from the Department of Health and Human
Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), seeks to
improve vision screening and eye
health in young children by providing technical assistance and education
state public health entities in implementing evidence-based
coordinated education, screening, follow-up and surveillance of vision
in preschool-aged children. Applications are due February 15, 2018.
- Adolescent and Young Adult Capacity Building Program,
from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) seeks to improve the health of adolescents and young
adults by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health
programs to address their needs effectively. Applications are due February 16,
- Teacher Vision grants, from American Electric
Power (AEP), support projects that have an academic focus and a goal to improve
student achievement. AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics,
technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the
environment, and energy efficiency. Apply by February 23, 2018.
- Determining and Monitoring Health
Conditions Among U.S.-Bound Refugees and Other Globally Mobile Populations grant, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supports
public health research on endemic, neglected, emerging or re-emerging infectious
diseases, and other conditions of public health importance, in U.S. bound
refugees and other globally mobile populations, to promote health and prevent
disease in domestic and international populations. Apply by February 28, 2018.
- The Gannett Foundation Grant supports local organizations
in communities serving Gannett Co., Inc. The community action grant priorities
include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth
development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people,
environmental conservation and cultural enrichment. Applications are due by
February 28, 2018. Street Outreach Program Grant, from
the Administration for Children & Families, seeks to
increase young people's personal safety, social and emotional well-being,
self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families,
communities, schools, and other positive social networks. Applications
are due by March 11, 2018.
- Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars
Grants, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to
build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have
direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program
administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members
and high-quality doctoral students. Applications are due by April
- Community Collaborations to Strengthen Family
Connections, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aimsto implement a multi-system approach among public and
private agencies integrating community and faith-based to promote effective
partnerships; develop or enhance a navigator program to meet caregivers own
needs and the needs of the children they are raising; utilize intensive
family-finding activities, effective family engagement, and other means to
identify biological family members for the target population to create a
greater volume of relationships and connectedness within their families and
establish permanent family placements. Applications are due by April
Migration & Resettlement Awareness
- World Migration
International Organization for Migration (IOM), is the
ninth report in the world migration report series which is designed as a
substantive contribution to increasing the understanding of current and
strategic migration issues throughout the world. It presents key data and
information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical
migration issues. The two part report is intended to provide both overview
information that helps to explain migration patterns and processes globally and
regionally, as well as insights and recommendations on major issues that policymakers
are, or soon, will be grappling with. (Description from source)
For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth
Stories of the Hmong: Peoples of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam is
the first collection of authentic Hmong tales to be published in the English
language. Beginning with a description of Hmong history, culture, and folklore,
the book includes photographs of Hmong dress and needlework and many
captivating tales. Recommended for grades 6-8.
- My Freedom Trip: A Child's Escape from North Korea, is a deeply moving
story of a child's escape in the dark of night from North Korea to South Korea.
Just prior to the outbreak of the Korean War, young Soo secretly crosses the
38th parallel, hoping to join her father on the other side. Because it is
dangerous for more than one person to cross at a time, her mother waits behind.
At every step there seem to be enemy soldiers, but the child remembers her
mother's words "Be brave, Soo!" which continue to sustain her even
years later. Recommended for grades 1-5. (Description from source)
- René Has Two Last Names, is an
engaging bilingual picture book about René, a boy from El Salvador who doesn't understand why his last name has
to be different in the United States. When students are given a project to
create a family tree, René is determined to explain the importance of
using both of his
last names, helping his classmates understand an important Hispanic cultural
tradition. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Capability for Refugees: Promising Practices for Upward Economic Mobility, from
Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance
(META Project), is a podcast discussing Financial Inclusion
Critical for Refugees, other New Americans, a recent study on
financial capability programs, drawing on data from more than 2,400
refugee and immigrant families nationwide.
- Employment for Refugee Women, from Cultural
Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), provides information on navigating
employment in the U.S., the importance of self-sufficiency and factors that can
help contribute to success. Key messages, lesson objectives, and a series of
activities and supporting materials enable service providers to enhance their
employment curriculum. A fact sheet and
that highlight the benefits of employment for female refugees is available in multiple
languages. The companion video showcases women
refugees speaking about their experiences working in the United States.
- The Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the
U.S.: Factors in Successful Integration, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops/ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), identifies internal and external factors contributing
to successful community integration and positive outcomes for unaccompanied
children in the United States. The report also provides recommendations to
critical stakeholders on program development, planning, policy and practice.
- Too Young to Wed, encourages the voices of women
and girls around the world and aims to build a global community dedicated to
ending child, early and forced marriage. The website supports positive change
by providing information and increasing the visibility of this human rights
challenge faced by many.
- Protect the Children! Boys and Girls Migrating
Unaccompanied from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras 2014-August 2017, from
the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), focuses on the significant
migration spike in 2014 of unaccompanied children who migrated from El Salvador,
Guatemala and Honduras through Mexico to the United States to analyze the
development of the phenomenon and responses from 2014 to the present.
(Description from source)
- "Leaving Family Behind: Understanding the
Irregular Migration of Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Minors", a chapter
from A Long Way to Go: Irregular Migration Patterns, Processes, Drivers and
Decision-making, highlights the complexity of the irregular migration of
unaccompanied minors and the danger of oversimplifying its root causes. The
study shows that some youth actively participate in the decision-making process
to leave their country of origin and in the choice of destination country. For
many, their decision to leave was prompted by discrimination, persecution,
threat to their lives, or torture.
- Students with Interrupted Education:
Bridging Where They Are and What They Need, provides insight on how to
build the skills students need for success in school and in the future. The
book addresses factors that lead to interrupted education and recommendations
for creating supportive environments to encourage youth learning, with a
specific focus on refugee and immigrant children.
- Left Behind: Refugee
Education in Crisis, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR), tells the stories of some of the world's 6.4
million refugee children and adolescents under UNHCR's mandate who are of
primary and secondary school-going age, between 5 and 17. The report also looks
at the educational aspirations of refugee youth eager to continue learning
after secondary education, and examines the conditions under which those who
teach refugees carry out their work. (Description from source)
- Creating Refugee Awareness, from Parish Organized to Welcome
of Catholic Charities Jacksonville, Florida, is a set of lesson plans for
grades K-12 to promote student awareness of the violence and human rights abuse
occurring throughout the world and to understand the Holy Family's life and the
reality of refugees. The goal is that students will learn to appreciate their
own blessings, nourish their family lives and share their gifts with those in
- Stress Related to Immigration
Status in Students: A Brief Guide for Schools, from Marquette University, is
designed to provide an overview of detention, deportation, and other immigration status-related
stress and its effect on children and families. The guide also provides
suggestions for how school personnel can support families in the context of
this unique stressor.
- Youth Outreach Centres in El Salvador: Providing
Alternatives to Displacement, from Forced Migration Review, addresses the growing number of
youth fleeing El Salvador, one of the most violent countries in the world.
Their travels lead them to the US-Mexico border where they are deemed
unaccompanied minors. The Youth Outreach Centres model is a community-based approach to violence prevention,
encouraging youth to stay by improving neighborhood conditions and providing
safe spaces where local youth can play, learn and develop.
- Bright Futures:
Spotlight on the Wellbeing of Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds,
from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, details opportunities and risks
for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in education, employment,
cultural diversification and digital participation. The report also highlights
the need for future policy and research to promote mental health and wellbeing
for youth of all cultural backgrounds.
- Teaching Recovery Techniques, from Children and
War Foundation, is training program for service providers that aids in teaching
children ages eight and above skills to help cope with the psychological
aftermath of war or disasters. The program aims to provide children with skills
that will allow them to feel more in control of their reactions and feelings with
the hope of preventing the need of future specialist treatment. The training
manual is available in multiple languages.
- "Identity Formation: Art Therapy and an
Adolescent's Search for Self and Belonging", from the Journal of the American
Art Therapy Association, illustrates a long-term case study of a Filipino adolescent
who struggled with identity formation and adjustment difficulties. An overview
of the therapeutic process is provided, with emphasis on critical junctures
throughout treatment. Specific art therapy interventions are highlighted in the
process of providing treatment for complex psychological issues and problems
associated with social and behavioral adaptation. (Description from source)
- Clinician's Manual:
Children with Traumatic Separation,
from The National Child Traumatic
Stress Network (NCTSN), provides clinicians with information an suggestions for helping
children who experience traumatic separation from a caregiver, including when
arising from parental deportation. The manual also addresses other
traumatic separations, such as with siblings or close relatives.
Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations Through
the Use of Health Literacy and Community Engagement Strategies, from The
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, summarizes
discussions from the Roundtable
on Health Literacy's workshop
on facilitating health communication with immigrant,
refugee, and migrant populations through the use of health literate approaches.
The goal of the workshop was to identify approaches that will enable
organizations that serve these ethnically and culturally diverse populations in
a manner that allows all members of these communities to obtain, process, and
understand basic health information and the services needed to make appropriate
health and personal decisions. (Description from source)
Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
- "Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting", from American Family
Physician, discusses the cultural aspects of FGM/C, its prevalence throughout
the world, the affects it has on women and girls' health, and the legislative
actions within the U.S. that work to address the issue.
- "Somali Immigrant Women's Health Care Experiences and Beliefs Regarding Pregnancy and Birth in the United
States", from the Journal of Transcultural Nursing,
describes Somali immigrant women's health care experiences and beliefs
regarding pregnancy and birth. The article discusses how Somali immigrant women
perceive, interpret, and react to Western health practices from a perspective
that includes their cultural, religious, and "scientific" beliefs.
(Description from source)
- #invisibles: Child Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in France, from
Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings, is a documentary booklet that offers
an educational approach to discover the reality of the trafficking of minors
and aims to allow everyone to recognize a child victim of trafficking. Comics
show the three stories of the film, while "true stories" tell the
reality of stolen lives of children in France. The short documentary on which
the booklet is based is also available.
- Telling an Affirmative Story: The Pitfalls of
Myth Busting, from The Opportunity Agenda, provides programs with information
on alternatives to myth busting and the benefits of focusing on affirmative
statements through engaging in messaging.
- 7 Tips for Planning Data-driven, Evidence-based
Programs for Refugees, from Monitoring and
Evaluation Technical Assistance (META Project), offers seven tips providers can
use to respond to the needs of refugees in the U.S through the creation of data driven and evidence-based
- Certificate Course: Introduction
to Mobile Data Collection, from Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META Project), provides participants with introductory practical knowledge of how to
collect standardized data using mobile devices and the platform Open Data Kit (ODK). At the end of the
course, participants will be able to carry out basic data collection from “end
to end” using a mobile device. The course is open to ORR-funded organizations with little
or no prior experience in mobile data collection who can commit to piloting mobile data collection in an
existing program after the course. META will provide a limited
number of free tablets to organizations
who need them. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2018.