Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

Posted on October 2, 2017

Children in foster care have the odds stacked against them as they transition into adulthood. Lacking the financial and moral support that most Canadian children take for granted, they struggle to cope with the challenges of adult life. As a result, children in foster care are far less likely to graduate from high school than the average Canadian and have a much greater likelihood of suffering from mental health problems. Chronic unemployment, unplanned parenthood, homelessness, and incarceration are just some of the problems they encounter, with significant social and economic costs as a result.

Child welfare agencies throughout the country work hard to ensure that the children’s basic needs are met while they are living in the care of the state. However, these agencies lack the resources necessary to help these children succeed as they “age out” of care. This briefing argues that there is both a humanitarian and a compelling economic case for action.

Success For All: Investing in the Future of Canadian Children in Care, (The Conference Board of Canada, April 2014)
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Protect Privacy of Foster Children (Toronto Star, July 2018)

Forcing Faith-Based Agencies Out of the System is a Disservice to Women (The Hill, July 2018)

Homeless Child Welfare Wards (Winnipeg Sun, July 2018)

Children Committing Serious Crimes Just to Find Something to Eat (AU News, July 2018)

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How Toronto’s New Courthouse Could Jeopardize Fragile Youth Services (The Lawyers Daily, June 2018)

B.C. Closes Third Group Home for Children Over Staff-Behaviour Concerns (Globe and Mail, June 2018)

B.C. Child Representative Has Grave Concerns About Oversight of Group Homes (National Post, June 2018)

Separated Migrant Children in Foster Care Are Now in Limbo After Trump’s Immigration Order (TIME, June 2018)

Separations End, but Foster Care, Shelters Remain Overwhelmed (Boston Globe, June 2018)

More Separated Migrant Kids Arrive at Foster Care in Harlem (NY Post, June 2018)

Child-Welfare Experts Alarmed by Family Separation at U.S. Boarder (CTV News, June 2018)

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Number of Alberta Child Welfare Deaths Increased Last Year (Edmonton Journal, June 2018)

N.W.T. Government Faces Lawsuit Over Allegations it Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse (CBC News, June 2018)

Babies Born to Teen Mothers in Manitoba’s Child Welfare System More Likely to be Placed in Care (The Globe and Mail, May 2018)

We’re Separating Babies from Their Teenage Mothers in Care, Perpetuating a Never-ending Cycle (CBC News, May 2018)

Foster Families Badly Needed Across the Province for Children and Youth with Complex Needs (CBC News, May 2018)

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Canada lags when it comes to child hunger, violence: UNICEF ranking (CBC, July 2017)

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Jury in Jeffrey Baldwin inquest puts onus for child welfare on the community (Metro News, February, 2014)

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Children In Poorest Neighborhoods Most Vulnerable To Fatal Child Abuse (Huffington Post, April 2013)

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U.S. Detention of Child Migrants (December 2, 2021)

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Kids in care at high risk of trouble with the law: UM study (June 2, 2020)

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Unaccompanied minors’ needs and the child welfare response (Sept 22, 2020)

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Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC)

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Migrant encounters at U.S.-Mexico border are at a 21-year high (August 13, 2021)

Increasing Numbers of Unaccompanied Alien Children at the Southwest Border (August 5, 2021)

U.S. shelters received a record 122,000 unaccompanied migrant children in 2021 (December 23, 2021)

Latest UC Data – FY2021

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The Facts About Unaccompanied Children

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In 2020, the number of international migrants reached 281 million; 36 million of them were children (April 2021)

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Minor Children Applying for Asylum By Themselves

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Since 2005, USCRI has been providing critically needed social services to unaccompanied migrant children.

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Nova Scotia’s Child Welfare Services are in Urgent Need of More Funding (September 2019)

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The Outdated Way We Think About Relationships in Child Welfare (Chronicle of Social Change, March 2019)

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She Ran Away From Foster Care. She Ended Up in Handcuffs and Leg Irons (The New York Times, December 2018)

In a Struggling Foster Care System, Hotels Serve as a Makeshift Foster Home for Local Kids (Inlander, December 2018)

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Why Washington Foster Kids are Sleeping in Hotels (KUOW, November 2018)

Children’s Advocate Investigates 70 Deaths of Youth in Manitoba, Annual Report Says (CBC News, November 2018)

Education Key to Success for Youth in Foster Care (The Star, October 2018)

A Decade After Saying ‘Sorry’, a New Generation is Struggling (Canberra Times, September 2018)