Immigrant Rights Group Issues Guidance on Family Reunification Process Amid Coronavirus

COVID-19 has complicated the process of reuniting immigrant families with their children when a parent with an ongoing child welfare case is either in ICE custody in the U.S. or has been deported.


The Truth About Intercountry Adoption’s Decline

In a recent flurry of articles, the National Council for Adoption asserts that the State Department is responsible for the plummeting number of intercountry adoptions. They are wrong. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.


Georgia Joins Growing List with Formal Child Welfare Ties to Mexico

When parents are detained or deported by American immigration officials, their children can end up in a highly unstable situation, with child welfare officials forced to quickly find a safe place for them to live until they can be together with their parents again.


Two of Many Powerful Stories from the Inaugural National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference

The first-ever National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference drew 285 attendees from around the globe and offered three full days of sessions on innovative programs, family-focused policy and lived experiences. Among the breakout session topics: immigration policy’s impact on families and children, alternatives to incarceration in Oregon and Washington, research on loss and children’s resiliency, the benefits of overnight contact between incarcerated mothers and their children, peer-parent support programs, and much more.


Report: Trump’s Immigration Policies are Keeping Kids from Accessing Healthcare and Going to School

The Trump Administration’s “anti-immigrant sentiment” is engendering heightened levels of stress and anxiety among children of immigrant families and is keeping kids from accessing healthcare and attending school, according to a new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).


Report: Increased Deportations Could Put More Kids in Foster Care

The immigration policy changes made thus far by the Trump Administration may, in some states, fuel a surge in the number of children who enter foster care, according to a new report from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).


    To Grant Sister a Pathway to Citizenship, Judith Defies Fear of ICE

    About two and a half years ago, 29-year-old Judith* got a phone call from Maria,* her 9-year-old half-sister in México, to inform her that their mom had just died. Maria’s father had passed away the year before.


    Set to Graduate High School, Carlos Faces Deportation Order

    For nearly two years after he arrived in the United States from Guatemala as an unaccompanied minor, Carlos* never saw an immigration attorney, including during an eight-month stint at a border detention center.


    Video: Fatima Avelica’s Story of Deportation and Trauma

    On February 28th, 2017, Fatima Avelica witnessed and captured on video her father being detained by immigration officers while on her way to school. As immigration arrests rise under the Trump Administration, more families risk enduring traumatic and destabilizing experiences like Fatima’s.