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.

September 1, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The characteristics of undocumented children in state care compared to other children in state care.

  2. 2

    How Texas pursues Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) on behalf of undocumented children.

  3. 3

    Criteria for an undocumented child to be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

  4. 4

    Gaps in federal funding of foster care and Medicaid.

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.

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