Immigrant Children & Unaccompanied Minors: Resources for Schools and Communities

Child Study Center
The Child Study Center provides scientifically-based child mental health and parenting information through a contia

This compilation of resources is intended to guide schools in preparing for newly enrolled unaccompanied minor and immigrant students. Additional resources, news items, or questions can be sent to


Department of Education

Dear Colleague Letter: School Enrollment Procedures

Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School: Questions and Answers for States, School Districts and Parents

Fact Sheet: Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School

Educational Resources for New Arrivals & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States

Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status (5/8/14)

The White House

FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America


The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (Caring Across Communities)

Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth
Caring Across Communities, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was designed to help meet the mental health needs of immigrant children and youth by building on strong community-school partnerships.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools: Free Access Mental Health Screeners Available in Spanish

School-Based Health Alliance

Archived Webinar: Unaccompanied Minors: Implications for SBHC Practice and Partners

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS)

Working with Unaccompanied Minors from Central America

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

No Child Left Behind: New Rules for Unaccompanied Minor Illegal Aliens

Immigration and Schools: Supporting Success for Undocumented and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Promoting a Culture of Welcome for Refugees in Schools: Approaches & Opportunities

Welcome to Our Schools Kit

Welcoming and Orienting Newcomer Students to U.S. Schools

Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel

Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals

Child Trends

Child Trends: Moving Beyond Trauma: Child Migrants and Refugees in the United States (2016)

Understanding the Risks to the Children Crossing the Border

National Association of School Psychologists

Understanding the Plight of Immigrant and Refugee Students

Featured Articles From State Newsletters

Traumatized Refugee Children

Immigrant Families: Strategies for School Support

Immigrant Teenagers – Helping Them Adjust to Their First Year: Recommendations for Parents

Immigrant Parents and Home-School Collaboration: Strategies for Teachers

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools

Immigrant Children and Youth: Enabling Their Success at School (Policy Brief)
A great deal has been written about immigrant children and youth. This brief focuses on implications for school improvement policy and practice. Discussed are (1) different reasons families migrate, (2) concerns that arise related to immigrant students, (3) prevailing school practices for addressing immigrant concerns, (4) a framework for broadening what schools and communities do, and (5) implications for policy.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors

NSBA & National Education Association

Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children

National PTA

Unaccompanied Children in the U.S.

Migrant Clinicians Network

Migrant Clinicians Network: Position Statement

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Protecting the Human Rights of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors


Education Week

For Schools With Child Immigrants, What Resources Are Available? (Blog)

Schools a haven for many unaccompanied minors

U.S. Schools Gear Up for Surge of Young Immigrants

Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Presents Education Challenges (Blog)


With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare (Blog)


Across the Border and Into School (8/22/16)

Unaccompanied immigrant children need access to mental health professionals [Commentary] (9/26/14)

Texas schools expect to easily accommodate immigrant kids (8/7/14)

Supporting and educating unaccompanied students from Central America (8/7/14)

5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children (6/18/14)

nually expanding store of practical and accessible articles based on the latest research in child psychiatry, psychology, and development. It¹s a reliable resource for both common challenges, such as toilet training, and more serious problems, such as depression.

New York University Child Study Center
577 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

Center for Mental Health Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration- SAMHSA)
The Center for Mental Health Services is a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under the heading “Children and Adolescents”, there is information on several ongoing programs, fact sheets, and publication links. The site also contains year end reports and mental health statistics
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17-99,
Rockville, MD 20857

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
A National parent-run non-profit organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.

Health Research Institute/Pfeiffer Treatment Center
Health Research Institute/Pfeiffer Treatment Center is a nonprofit clinical research and outpatient facility that specializes in non-drug therapies for cognitive and behavioral dysfunction – such as Autism, mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s.  The website offers links to current research publications as well as information on how to become a patient or how to be involved in a clinical study.
4575 Weaver Parkway
Warrenville, IL  60555
Phone: (630) 505-0300 Fax: (630) 836-0667

Illinois Violence Prevention Authority
Children’s Mental Health: An Urgent Priority for Illinois
The final report conducted by the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Task Force represents a first major step in the long haul work of creating a mental health system that is responsive to the social and emotional development needs of children.

MEDLINEplus Mental Health
NIH, National Library of Medicine

Mental Health: The Surgeon General’s Report
Contained in this report is a chapter on normal childhood development, risk factors and prevention, as well as an overview of mental disorders in children and adolescents including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, depression and suicide, anxiety, disruptive disorders, and eating disorders. Each section on specific disorders contains information on course, causes, treatments, and prevalence. The chapter ends with a discussion of service interventions.
For print copies call: 1-877-964-3258
Or write: Mental Health Pueblo, Co 81009

Surgeon General
Executive Summary: Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. August 2001.

The Report from the Surgeon General’s Conference on Child Mental Health

The Mental Research Institute
The site offers research on individual, family, and community interactions. There are also specific current research projects on relationship conflicts and teasing and bullying in the school environment.
555 Middlefield Rd,
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 321-3055, Fax (650) 321-3785

The Miami University (of Ohio) Center for School Based Mental Health Programs
The center focuses on mental health initiatives in the Ohio public school system with an emphasis on primary prevention, education, intervention strategies, and treatment for children and adolescents with chronic mental health disorders.
Benton Hall;
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 529-2423

National Association of School Psychologists
This association promotes development of psychologically healthy environments for youth by encouraging research based intervention programs aimed at prevention of problems and promotion of independence. The site includes position papers, recent press releases, and association publications.
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301)-657-0270

National Institute of Mental Health
Includes publications, research fact sheets, results of clinical trials, information on specific mental disorders, up to date diagnosis and treatment information. Information specifically related to child and adolescent mental health through this institute at:
NIMH Public Inquiries
6001 Executive Boulevard, Rm. 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663 U.S.A.
Phone: (301) 443-4513; Fax: (301) 443-4279

Mental Health America
Mental Health America is a non-profit organization concerned with many aspects of mental health services and initiatives, aimed at improving overall mental health. The site contains program and advocacy resources, fact sheets, and a position statement index.
Mental Health America
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 684-7722

New York State Department of Health
School Health Program
School-Based Health Centers Mental Health Work Group Final Report

Research & Training Center for Children’s Mental Health.
Data Trends: Summaries of Current Research Findings in Cildren’s Mental Health Field

Data Trends are produced to increase the dissemination of current research findings in the area of children’s mental health services. Available are summaries and news briefs with citation for the reader to retrieve the original document for further examination.

SAMSHA: Children’s Mental Health

The Search Institute
The Search Institute is a non-profit organization endeavoring to advance the well being of children and adolescents through a framework of “40 Developmental Assets”, which include positive experiences, qualities, relationships, and opportunities. The site also includes articles and the online newsletter.
700 South Third Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55415 U.S.A.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: After a suicide: A toolkit for schools
This toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. 2011.

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools (School Mental Health Project)
This site contains information addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns of children and adolescents in research, theory, and practice. There are evaluations of school based mental health initiatives. There is also a free monthly on-line newsletter (called “ENEWS”), which may be subscribed to via the web site, and information on the center’s own publications.
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
Phone: (310) 825-3634 Fax: (310) 206-8716

University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health
The focus of this center is geared toward mental health providers and the organizers of school based mental health initiatives. There is also online access to the center newsletter and publications.
680 West Lexington St, 10th fl.
Baltimore, MD 21201