What's New

February 2018


  • 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.
  • February 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM! This month, check out BRYCS' latest blog, “Female Genital Cutting: Improving the Care of Women and Girls at Risk”, to learn more about FGC and BRYCS’ Community Conversations project, which aims to decrease the likelihood that currently impacted refugee communities will continue this practice and improve the practical response of service providers.
  • 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, 2018.



  • 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 community.
  • 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 awareness, racial 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 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, "Organize. Harmonize. Amplify", will take place July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. This event brings together school and district administrators, educators, families and students to focus on solutions that enhance and expand engagement through family-school-community partnerships.
  • 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 8, 2018.

Call for Papers

  • Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has announced a call for papers for a special issue of Child Welfare journal 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.


  • Pathways 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.
  • Initiative 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.
  • Vision 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 to state public health entities in implementing evidence-based recommendations for coordinated education, screening, follow-up and surveillance of vision problems 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, 2018.
  • Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking aim to support culturally specific community-based organizations in addressing the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim's culture. Applications are due byFebruary 21, 2018.
  • 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 2, 2018.
  • 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 13, 2018.



Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • World Migration Report 2018, from 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

  • Folk 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.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Financial 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 podcast 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.

Child Welfare/Families

  • 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.

Early Childhood


  • 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 Refugees (POWR) 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 need.
  • 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.

Health/Mental Health

  • 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.
  • Facilitating 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)


  • #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.

Program Development

  • 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 programs.
  • 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.