State Letter #03-04
Clearinghouse on refugee youth and child well-being
TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES
FROM: Nguyen Van Hanh, Ph.D.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
SUBJECT: Clearinghouse on refugee youth and child well-being
The Office of Refugee Resettlement is pleased to announce that a web-based clearinghouse of information and resources on refugee youth and child well-being is available on the Internet.
The clearinghouse is located at www.brycs.org.
The clearinghouse, known as Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS), is a component of an ORR-funded Technical Assistance (TA) project on refugee child welfare, implemented by an inter-agency partnership between Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/ Migration and Refugee Services. BRYCS works to broaden the scope of information and collaboration among service providers in order to strengthen services for refugee children, youth, and families.
The BRYCS clearinghouse provides access to a variety of useful resources for refugee service providers, as well as for mainstream agencies working with refugee children and families. It also brings together descriptions of ORR-funded and other specialized programs for refugee children, youth, and families, thus enabling the U.S. refugee program to share ideas nationally. Please visit this growing collection of resources.
ORR recommends that State Coordinators, national voluntary agencies and other interested parties share information with clearinghouse staff on your work with refugee children and families by sending descriptions of your relevant programs. Please also report word of any resources you find useful. You will find links on the BRYCS homepage to help you do this easily.
By sharing program information and resource ideas, agencies can leverage the innovative ideas of many service providers to their mutual advantage, and to the advantage of refugees served.
TA opportunities will be announced on the BRYCS homepage, including free on-site consultation guided by the upcoming BRYCS manual, Strengthening Services for Refugee Parents: Guidelines and Resources. The first consultation will begin in May 2003. To find out more about these consultations, follow the BRYCS homepage link to an online application.
BRYCS is also planning a roundtable of representatives of refugee communities and the child welfare system to proactively address the needs of refugee children who are in public foster care, during summer 2003. If MAAs or refugee community representatives in your state have demonstrated leadership on foster care or child welfare issues, please inform Salah Hammad and Aronda Howard of BRYCS (contact information appears below).
Finally, ORR would appreciate your assistance in encouraging your state’s county and local public child welfare agencies to participate in a BRYCS online self-assessment tool, accessible from the BRYCS homepage. Information has already been distributed to child welfare administrators in each state. It is designed, in part, to promote the appropriate child welfare services for refugee families across the country, as well as the information needs of the child welfare system. We encourage participation from child welfare administrators and front line workers in all states. More information is contained in the attached posting to the SCORR listserv on April 1, 2003. Please pass this on to your local child welfare agency.
For more information, please contact BRYCS staff listed below.
BRYCS Outreach & Information Coordinator, Charles Evans
Phone: 1-888-572-6500 ext. 3 (toll free)
BRYCS TA Program Coordinator, Kerry McCarthy
Phone: 1-888-572-6500 ext. 2 (toll free)
BRYCS Refugees and Foster Care Roundtable organizers, Salah Hammad and Aronda Howard
BRYCS website homepage (www.brycs.org) provides access to
- Clearinghouse on refugee youth and child well being
- Online application for parent services consultation
- Public child welfare online assessment tool
- Flyers on the BRYCS clearinghouse
- 4/1/03 SCORR listserv posting on the BRYCS public child welfare assessment tool