What's New

October 2017


  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This month help raise awareness about domestic violence and join in efforts to end violence. Both BRYCS andUSCCB have created useful resources for victims and the many service providers that help to support them. 
  • New Promising Practice! Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE), a program at Brown University, pairs Brown undergraduate tutors with students ages 5-18 in refugee families. BRYTE's mission is to support the self-empowerment of refugee youth by providing academic tutoring and mentoring, as well as by fostering community among students who share experiences of resettlement in the United States.
  • The Muhammad Ali Center's 2018 photo contest theme is "Experiences of Refugee Women." The contest aims to share the efforts of individuals and organizations working toward sharing the narrative of refugee women throughout the world. Chosen photographs will be on display at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning March 2018. The contest is open to both professional and amateur photographers of all ages. The deadline to submit photos is December 15, 2017.
  • October is Bilingual Child Month! Take this opportunity to recognize the many children who speak two or more languages and understand multiple cultures. Check out this blog for 10 ways to celebrate bilingual children in the classroom.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month continues until October 15th! Explore resources to celebrate influential figures and Hispanic cultures in the classroom.
  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, "Laughter and Trauma" discussing the important role laughter can play in helping clients heal from trauma and join the discussion on individualized services plans.
  • Coming Soon! Check out BRYCS' latest installment of BRYCS Parenting Handbook Series, Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family, was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S., and for the service providers working with them. Topics include belonging/cultural identity, discipline, bullying, dating, school engagement and more! Stay tuned for more information!
  • The National Partnership for Community Training wants to year from you! If you work in refugee-specific youth programs, NPCT requests your participation in an online survey for a national research project on refugee youth. One individual per organization/program should complete the survey to help NPCT explore the research question: “Do refugee youth programs affect the health and wellness of refugee families?”



  • The 2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference will take place October 11-13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The primary purpose of the conference is to advance the goals of CMS's Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to study, document and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being.
  • In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls Conference will take place on October 11-13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The conference will focus on: understanding the root causes of trauma and discovering new pathways to well-being; exploring diverse and innovative ways to support health, economic security and civic engagement for girls; and catalyzing and strengthening the justice reform for girls' movement.
  • The 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, will take place October 19-21, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference offers speakers and participants numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy. The conference features nine specialty tracks, including six practice group topics, as well as the three tiers of mental health services. BRYCS network may be particularly interested in the Cultural Responsiveness and Equity track which includes a presentation on "Welcoming Newcomers: Responding to Trauma, Acculturation, and Reunification in Recent Immigrant Youth".
  • The National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 10-12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will address the most relevant topics in integration through program tracks and plenaries and will bring together the nation's best and brightest practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to strategize about immigrant integration and refugee resettlement.    
  • The Chadwick's Center 32nd Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment will take place January 28-February 2, 2018 in San Diego, California. The conference is intended for professionals working with families experiencing child maltreatment, trauma and violence. BRYCS network may be particularly interested in the Cultural Perspectives track.

Call for Papers

  • The Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network is calling for  submissions for their Discussion Series on Disrupted Education in the Lives of Refugee Children and Youth that address the most significant impacts of disrupted education on refugee children and solutions to address them. The submission deadline is October 15, 2017.
  • APSAC's 25th Anniversary Colloquium Call for Abstracts has been extended to October 16, 2017. The event will provide intensive training for both new and experienced professional working in the field of child maltreatment. APSAC is particluarly interested in proposals for training related to refugee families and child torture and trafficking.
  • The 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for research  benefiting children, youth, and their families. Special topic tracks include, youth and young adults, child welfare, and more. The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.
  • Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.
  • Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
  • Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return
    migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.


  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and have accomplished collaboration across the entire community and across sectors. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who together are transforming neighborhoods, schools, businesses. Apply by November 3, 2017.
  • The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant supports the following types of organizations and programs: cultural and performing arts programs; schools; hospitals; educational and skills training programs; programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations. Applications are due November 10, 2017.
  • Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12), from the National Science Foundation, supports projects and research that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. Applications are due November 14, 2017.
  • The Gerber Foundation's Research Grant supports research proposals that focus on infants and young children with priority given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Concept papers are due December 1, 2017.
  • Kelly Cares Foundation Grant support organizations and initiatives that align closely with their three main pillars: Health, Education, and the Community. Apply by December 31, 2017.
  • Health Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behaviors in children and youth. Applications should target social and cultural factors for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Apply by January 7, 2018.
  • Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
  • Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
  • Singing for Change Grants support programs that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively, people can bring about positive change. To qualify for this funding, organizations must demonstrate how the project will solve problems or change conditions facing the community. The deadline is ongoing.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration, from the Haas Institute, investigates the historic and contemporary causes of forced migration as well as both the challenges and capacities of national and international refugee protections and resettlement efforts. The report provides an understanding of forced migration and why the number of refugees continues to increase.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Binta’s Dilemma, an illustrated story from Sauti Yetu, teaches readers about the best ways to react to to instances of discrimination and violence.
  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, tells the story of Loung Ung, a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot. Forced to flee, Ung and her siblings became separated and were not reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. A teaching and reading guide are also available.
  • Rosita Gets Scared, a comic and activity book for children, aims to help immigrant children talk about fear.The book is designed as a teaching tool for children who are undocumented or have undocumented family memebers and gives advice on how to cope with fear of deportation. It is also available in Spanish.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Cultural Orientation Certification Course, from Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), is meant to establish foundational knowledge of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and further the professionalization of cultural orientation instruction by supplementing and enhancing training resources available at Resettlement Support Centers and Resettlement Agencies. The course is self-paced and free for registered users.
  • Emergency Preparedness Booklet, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), introduces refugees to the types of disasters that occur in the United States. Due to language barriers and lack of knowledge of procedures, refugees are one of the most vulnerable of populations during a disaster. Available in multiple languages.
  • Be Safe After a Hurricane, a webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides indoor and outdoor safety tips, and is available in multiple refugee languages.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Partnering with Latino and Immigrant Families: Resources and Suggestions for Child Welfare Professionals, a guide from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, aims to help sevice providers better serve the increasing number of Latino and recent immigrant families in their communities. The guide offers background information, resources, and best practices.
  • Children on the Move: From Protection Towards a Quality Sustainable Solution: A Practical Guide, from the International Social Service (ISS), is intended to be a guide for policy-makers and service providers working with children on the move on protecting and implementing children's rights. It promotes the development of a well-connected, transnational network of child protection professionals that uphold international standards for working with vulnerable children.
  • 2017 Kids Count Data Book, provides annual trends of the economic, educational, health and community well-being of children in the United States. This year’s report shows that the child poverty rate has decreased, while reading proficiency and children with health insurance has increased.

Early Childhood



  • Kol Yom Struggles (Everyday Struggles), a video created by refugee youth from the Arab-American Family Support Center, is based on the true events and experiences of discrimination young Arab-Americans and Muslims have faced.

Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)


  • Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies, from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, explores how child welfare agencies can support children who are victims of human trafficking, as well as children who are at greater risk for future victimization. It provides background information about the issue, including its scope and relevant Federal legislation and initiatives, and strategies that agencies can implement to address the trafficking of children. State and local policy and program examples also are provided. Similarly, Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Caseworkers, provides strategies caseworkers can use to identify and support victims and potential victims, and tools and resources that can assist caseworkers.

Program Development