The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children’s Services/Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program (ORR/DCS/URM) within the Administration for Children and Families provides child welfare services and benefits to children eligible for placement, services and benefits under 8 USC 1522(d). As it exists today, the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program provides such youth with the same range of child welfare benefits and services available to other foster children in the State of placement, including services identified in a State’s plans under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act, such as associated independent living benefits and services. The existing program is funded through grants to States and is subject to State child welfare laws and regulations. This Alternative Transitional Services for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (ATS URM) project will provide time-limited transitional placement, benefits and services to assist eligible older youth to obtain the skills necessary for economic self-sufficiency and independent living, as quickly as possible. A range of possible placement options are anticipated; placements provided to youth under the age of 18 must be licensed according to state/local licensing regulations. Major program activities will include work readiness training and job placement and retention in a supportive environment. Beneficiaries will include older youth eligible for services under 8 USC 1522(d), including but not limited to Special Immigrant Juveniles and trafficking victims. Beneficiaries must be oriented towards entering the work force and obtaining independence in a short period of time.
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In 2013, Washington settled a federal class action lawsuit over its failure to provide in-home mental health services to youth and families in crisis. This month it was allowed to exit the lawsuit. https://bit.ly/3E37ny8