Quick and easy access to resources for refugee families in Spanish, Somali, Nepalese, Arabic, Karen, and Burmese on the topics of family life and parenting, early childhood, the U.S. school system (K-12), children’s books, and health/mental health.
Organized and hosted by Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services, a project of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Languages: Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepalese, Somali, Spanish
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) is a project of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). BRYCS maintains the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families. Pages can be translated into numerous languages with a single click. The BRYCS web site and clearinghouse is geared towards front-line workers, program planners, and administrators as well as researchers and policy-makers. The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to facilitate information-sharing and collaboration among service providers, disseminate information on evidence-based practices, and to improve institutional memory on refugee and immigrant family issues. It is designed to meet the information needs of professionals who encounter refugee and immigrant children and families in their work.
Online training modules are available on topics such as Discrimination & Bullying of Refugee Youth, Raising Children in a New Country, Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development, Refugee and Immigrant Family and Community Engagement in the Schools, Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR/DCS-Funded Care Provider Programs and Refugee 101: With a Special Look at Child-Specific Issues . Also available are archived webinars on a variety of refugee issues specific to children.
Part of the Washington State DSHS. Their goal is to see refugee and immigrant families and individuals thrive in Washington State.
Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance
Developed by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, this comprehensive resource guide is intended for those serving refugees with disabilities.
This includes refugee resettlement staff, Mutual
Assistance Association staff, community advocates, and social service providers. It was created in an effort to increase understanding and exposure to the various services and programs available for those serving refugees with disabilities.
The guide is divided into sections: services for adults with disabilities, services for refugee children with disabilities, housing, assistive technology and more. Information included was based on input from focus groups, technical assistance requests, and surveys. Scenarios and stories about refugees with disabilities are included to illustrate individual experiences.
The guide was originally published in 2007. Some websites and phone numbers may have changed.
Resource Guide for Serving Refugees with Disabilities
I’m Your Neighbor is a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges.
I’m Your Neighbor Books
An increasing number of refugee children develop elevated blood lead levels after entering the United States. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in conjunction with the Office of Refugee Resettlement developed this tool kit. Included are modules for refugee resettlement workers and medical providers, along with resources for both.
CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention in Newly Arrived Refugee Children: Tool Kit.