Saint Francis works with ISS-USA to produce “Children on the Move”

Saint Francis works with ISS-USA to produce “Children on the Move”

Saint Francis has collaborated with International Social Service-USA to produce a Spanish-language version of “Children on the Move”, a detailed guide of best practices to aid those working with migrating children and families throughout the Americas. The free book is now available for distribution to government entities, NGOs, social workers, religious organizations and others working to safeguard migrating children and prevent further trauma due to family separations. Originally developed by the International Social Service (ISS) General Secretariat in collaboration with ISS network members, the Spanish translation and distribution are made possible, in part, through a partnership with Saint Francis and a special grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Both English and Spanish versions of “Children on the Move” can be found here

 
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The 120-page guide recommends step-by-step procedures, from assessing the child’s health and wellness needs, to determining quality care arrangements in the host country, to establishing a sustainable solution in the best interest of the child. The manual specifically outlines the intake questions workers should ask, the clinical assessments that need to be made, and offers guidance in minimizing the long-term trauma caused by lengthy separations. “According to UNICEF, more than 50 million children worldwide are subject to adverse conditions due to voluntary or involuntary migration by their families,” said Julie G. Rosicky, Executive Director of ISS-USA. “At the U.S. border, while most families separated in April 2018 have been reunited or are working toward reunification, the long-term effects will be felt for generations. The ‘Children on the Move’ manual provides a road map to improve our protection systems for migrant and non-migrant children alike. It’s a field-tested, child-focused, case management approach that can improve the outcomes for children and families separated by migration.”