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Considerations for Serving Immigrant Families With Young Children

Feb 15, 2017

At the core of the practitioner-immigrant family relationship there must be a developing understanding of the strengths of the families and their story of courage and sacrifice.

by H. Victoria Prieto, Co-Director, Transcultural Innovation, ZERO TO THREE

Many families who decide to move to the United States of America do so seeking a new beginning and the prospect of a better life their country of origin may not afford them. As an immigrant myself, I can say that moving to a culture other than the one I grew up in posed unexpected challenges. However, my story does not compare to the millions of poor families for whom migrating to the U.S. is often a traumatizing event. Their stories comprise an unpredictable future and painful decisions to leave family members behind only to later face reverse separation. Parents who are deported leave behind their young children, most of whom are U.S. citizens. It is estimated that more than one in five children in the United States are children of immigrant families.

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