Monthly Archives: February 2013

Child Welfare and Immigrant Families

Patricia-Bennett

Last month, I had one of those wonderful opportunities to step outside of my day-to-day work life and refresh my brain by attending a workshop. The topic of discussion was the social impact of the global economy and the fracturing of immigrant families. I learned some alarming facts regarding the disposition of children of undocumented parents who are discovered and detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

While both immigration and child welfare laws are based on the assumption that families will be, and should be, reunited, this is far from the practice. When undocumented parents are detained and deported, their children are relegated to foster care.  According to a study conducted by The Applied Research Center[1], these children often never see their parents again.

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