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Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children


Who We Are

The department of Migration and Refugee Services at USCCB is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the world. MRS is a leader among non-governmental agencies in addressing the needs of refugee children forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution, along with vulnerable children migrating to the U.S. to escape community and familial violence, poverty and hunger.  With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of State, MRS works with a national network of 12 state licensed Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care programs for the on-going care of unaccompanied children.  

What We Do

To ensure that the best interests of unaccompanied children in the program are considered and protected, our national staff provide the following:
  • National Placement Coordination
  • Case and Program Consultation
  • Capacity Development and Training
  • Case Oversight and Program Monitoring
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Advocacy

 To learn more about the services provided to children in the URM program and the different living arrangements that are available, please click here.

How You Can Help

Learn how you can become a foster parent to an unaccompanied refugee or immigrant minor!  The URM foster care programs are separate from domestic foster care programs in that they have been developed by agencies with expertise in working with foreign-born children.  Foster families are oriented towards the particular needs of refugee and immigrant children.  Contact Children's Services / 202-541-3081 for more information.

Learn More about Foreign-Born Children in Foster Care

A Portrait of Foreign-Born Children in Federal Foster Care and How to Best Meet Their Needs - December 2012

Immigration Relief for Children in Federal Foster Care Before and After TVPRA 2008 - December 2012



Help our Foster Care program by making a tax-deductible contribution.

If you are in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, make your donation online.  Residents of other states should visit the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services.


The United States Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program: Guiding Principles and Promising Practices.


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