International Foster Care
The International Foster Care program (IFC) at Catholic Community Services Southwest provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for children who have fled their countries of origin. Our comprehensive set of services includes education, legal, social and psychological supports all directed at achieving safety, stability and healthy development.
Children come to us as refugees and victims of trafficking from around the world, including the following countries of origin: Ethiopia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Myanmar and Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala).
While these children arrive in the United States through various means, they come to our program under the direction of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). All are without parents or guardians to care for them. Most are eligible to remain in our care up to 21 years of age.
• Our dedicated CCS Licensing team will work with you to quickly move through the licensing process and provide ongoing support to you.
• IFC foster parents are supported by a case manager who will help navigate any additional needs that might arise for a child in your home.
• IFC foster parents also have access to monthly training opportunities and support meetings that provide opportunities to meet and talk with other IFC foster parents while receiving ongoing training hours.
• Families licensed through CCS for this population are changing the story for these children and their families.