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Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children


Who We Are

Migration and Refugee Services is a leader in providing placement and care for unaccompanied, refugee, and immigrant children. With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of State, MRS provides a continuum of care through its collaboration with a national network of 12 state licensed Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care programs.

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

Learn more about the services provided to children in the URM Program.

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. 

Learn More about Foreign-Born Children in Foster Care

"What A Relief!" Podcast 30: Resettlement & The Resilience of Refugees - September 2016

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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