A child-centered refugee resettlement program in the United States

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Refugee children are exposed to numerous risk factors resulting from war, genocide and resettlement, and are facing multiple difficulties to cope with the resettlement process. These challenges set refugee children apart from the mainstream community and can stifle their overall adjustment and development. Unfortunately, policy makers have paid little attention to the caring for refugee children during their initial resettlement. This paper examines systematic barriers to refugee children's successful resettlement in the U.S., and presents a child-centered framework as an option to better address the needs of refugee children, and offers recommendations for policy changes and effective social work practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-59
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007


  • Child-centered framework
  • Refugee children
  • Resettlement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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