*This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*
Immigrant and refugee children, as well as children of immigrants, face not only the common challenges of childhood, but many unique burdens. They could lose a parent or caregiver to deportation, possibly forcing them into foster care, or be placed in deportation proceedings themselves. Everyday decisions, like registering for a school lunch program, are now perceived as potential risks--an additional stress on parents that also impacts children. Rising xenophobia and racism may challenge their sense of identity and belonging. Many such children have already experienced trauma in their lives, yet also have great strengths and resiliencies. Over the past four months, collaborative efforts have sprung up across the country among a wide variety of stakeholders—health care providers, educators, pediatricians, early childhood providers, counselors, psychologists, immigrant rights, child advocacy, and racial equity advocates—on how best to provide mental health support to children in the current policy environment.
Due to the urgent and far-reaching nature of this week's policy developments, on May 18, 2017 GCIR will now be hosting Monthly Immigration Policy Calls: Recent Policy Developments and Their Impact.
- The policy issues impacting immigrant and refugee children, and children of immigrants and refugees
- The role of trauma-informed approaches to support children and their families and build upon their strengths
- Funder approaches to incorporating mental health services for children and their families in communities
- Wendy Cervantes, Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration and Immigrants Families, CLASP
- B. Heidi Ellis, PhD, Director, Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, Boston's Children's Hospital: Research and Innovation
- Kerri Talbot, Partner, Veng Group
- Aryah Somers Landsberger(Moderator), Director of Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
All interested funders. Please note that calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)
Registration is required by June 14th.
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.
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