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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

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. 

Contact your local Catholic Charities affiliate to find out about local foster care needs and material and volunteer opportunities to support immigrant children and families in your area.

Donate Now! Help our Unaccompanied Refugee and Migrant Children programs by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Unaccompanied Children's Fund.  If you are in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, make your donation online.  Residents of other states should return the donation form. Please contact for additional questions on making a contribution to MRS.

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