Practice Toolkits

These toolkits were developed by the Migration and Child Welfare National Network to assist child welfare agencies, immigration advocates, and other agency stakeholders in providing necessary services for immigrant children and families in the child welfare system.


A Social Worker’s Toolkit for Working With Immigrant Families – Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System
(September 2010)

This toolkit provides public child welfare and community-based agencies working with immigrant families guidelines for integrating child welfare practice – from engagement to case closure – with trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services. In addition, the tool kit describes strategies to build an organization’s capacity to better respond to the needs of immigrant families exposed to child maltreatment, domestic and community violence, and other traumatic stressors.

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A Social Worker’s Toolkit for Working With Immigrant Families – A Child Welfare Flowchart (August 2009)

This toolkit illustrates how and when immigration issues may arise during the chronology of a child welfare case. The flowchart begins at the point of a maltreatment report and continues through assessment, diversion or intervention, removal, dependency issues, and permanency planning.

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A Social Worker’s Toolkit for Working With Immigrant Families – Immigration Status and Relief Options (June 2009)

This toolkit provides a basic overview of the dynamics of the U.S. immigration system as it impacts children and families in the child welfare system. The toolkit includes practical appendices with resources for accessing vital documents, facilitating communication between child welfare and immigration legal counsel, and a summary of immigration relief options applicable to youth in care.

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