Undocumented and Abused: A Texas Case Study

Children in the Child Protective Services System

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for Public Policy Priorities

September 1, 2010

Summary

Using Texas as a case study, this report looks at undocumented children in state child welfare systems because of abuse or neglect – and ways to improve the process by which these children may obtain legal residency. The report  explains alignment between federal immigration and child welfare law, and the federal government’s role in financially supporting states to care for undocumented children.

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Law Reform needed for immigrant kids

To give a child a meaningful chance at reunification and to establish eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the federal government should not pursue deportation, removal or other immigration proceedings against a child while the state has legal custody.

Findings & Stats

Maltreatment

Undocumented children are more than five times as likely to come into state care for sexual abuse.

Perpetrators

Parents are the dominant perpetrators of abuse and neglect. For undocumented children, however, mothers are less likely to hurt their children.

Foster Care

Undocumented children in care are more likely to live in a foster home.

Statements & Quotations