After the Earthquake: A Bulletin for Child Welfare Organizations Assisting Haitian Families in the United States
In the wake of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, child welfare agencies in the United States increasingly are fielding requests to assist Haitian families and children. This bulletin from the Casey Foundation provides practical information for agencies and advocates working with this vulnerable population, with special guidance on filing federal Temporary Protective Status applications. These applications are needed for Haitians in this country who wish to avoid deportation and maintain employment. The deadline for filing the application -- which must be filed by each individual Haitian child and adult -- is January 18, 2011.
The bulletin covers:
- Principles for working with children separated from their families,
- Programs to assist repatriated U.S. citizens,
- Federal programs for Haitian migrants,
- Information about filing Temporary Protective Status applications for children and parents, and
- Other resources for child welfare systems and advocates.
Many of the bulletin's resources apply not only to Haitian children and families but also other immigrant populations in child welfare settings. This report focuses on demography trends related to the health and well-being of young children under six in immigrant families with at least one parent born outside the United States.