Immigration and Child Welfare (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the topic of immigration and child welfare, offering considerations for increasing culturally competent services.  The course explores legislation and policies, strengths and skills, stresses and challenges, and culturally competent practice.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

Course Reading:  Immigration and Child Welfare

Publisher:  Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children’s Bureau

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Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to immigration and child welfare.

Learning Objectives:  Identify strengths often found in immigrant families.  Identify challenges faced by many immigrant families.  Describe strategies for agencies and child welfare workers to promote cultural competence.

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1: According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Center, approximately ___________ of US children live in a home with at least one immigrant parent.
2: According to the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, ____________ had a higher overall rate of maltreatment
3: According to the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, immigrant children were found to be more likely to suffer from ___________, while nonimmigrant children were found more likely to suffer from ___________ (Dettlaff and Earner, 2012).
4: What federal legislation prohibits State and federally funded entities from delaying, denying, or otherwise discriminating when making a foster care or adoption placement decision on the basis of the parent or child's race, color, or national origin?
5: What federal legislation requires states to initiate termination of parental rights proceedings after a child has been in foster care 15 of the previous 22 months, with some excepetions?
6: Strengths often found in immigrant families include all of the following except:
7: It is permissible to place a child with undocumented kin.
8: It is permissible to reunite children abroad with their deported parents.
9: Immigrant families may not access the services they need due to
10: Undocumented immigrants are eligible to purchase health-care coverage through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges.
11: Undocumented immigrant children residing in the US can receive free public education from kindergarten through grade 12.
12: Which of the following is not an example of culturally sensitive communication?
13: Which of the following is not an example of how professionals can work toward cultural competence?
14: Which of the following best describes 'language brokering'?
15: An evidence-based treatment approach that can be implemented with traumatized immigrant children and families is trauma-focused

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.