Identifying Immigrant Families Involved with Child Welfare Systems

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The Urban Institute

More than one-fifth of all U.S. children have at least one immigrant parent, according to figures from the Urban Institute. Although child welfare and health service systems are serving increasing numbers of these children, little data exist on their experience in child welfare systems.

Three briefs in this Urban Institute series provide data on first- and second- generation Latin-American immigrant children who have been placed in out-of-home care in Texas. Among the findings: Only 8 percent of those chilren are living with relatives, compared with up to 28 percent of U.S.-born children in out-of-home care; Latin-American immigrant children are three times more likely to be removed because of sexual abuse than are children of U.S.-born parents; and only 5 percent of Latin-American immigrant children in out-of-home care are eligible for Title IV-E reimbursement, compared with over half of U.S.-born children. (202) 833-7200,