Protecting Undocumented Children from Abuse and Neglect

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There’s some new research about how to better protect undocumented children in the child welfare system. It comes out of Texas where less than one percent of children in state care last year were undocumented, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s report called Undocumented and Abused. Eighty-five percent of those children were Hispanic.

The report maintains that a blanket policy to send them all home is not the answer. It goes on to explain in detail how a child can get special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS).

The Casey Foundation calls for the SIJS process to be improved so that undocumented children in state care can be better protected from abuse and neglect.

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