The International Foster Care program (IFC) provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for children who have fled their countries of origin. This 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, victims of trafficking and asylees from around the world, including the following countries of origin: Vietnam, Cambodia, China, the 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 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). All are without parents or guardians to care for them. Some youth are reunited with family or remain in our care up to 21 years of age. They are with us from about three months to five years, depending on their status. Eventually, they are reunited with family, returned to their country of origin or granted asylum.