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The following list of ways to help offers opportunities for practicing our commitment to our immigrant neighbors.  Besides these, you may wish to check our Events page or opportunities for advocacy.

Ways to Help

Two unaccompanied teens (now 16 and 18) who needed temporary housing while their caseworker finds permanent placement for them. We were able to find generous temporary housing in Bethesda.  The caseworker informed me today that she has had no luck in finding permanent housing and their temporary housing must end by December 21.  If no one steps forward as new home for the boys, they will go to Child Protective Service here in MoCo, and most likely be split up into foster care.  More details below.

Home Setup for our new neighbors in Gaithersburg

From our partners at KindWorks:  Home supplies and clothing sought for the Cruz Family (mom, dad, 3Males (19, 15 and 3) and 1Female, aged 10) - condo got flooded two weeks ago due to a fire in the next building; most of their belongings are gone either because of water damage or mold.   family speaks English; Alcira is the contact. Details and sign up at  https://www.dokindworks.org/sheet/drop-off-in-gaithersburg-identity-client-cruz-family/

Home Setup for our new neighbors in Silver Spring

From our partners at KindWorks: Home supplies and clothing sought for Danyi (mom and 3 kids: 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter) resettling into Silver Spring.   Laura is the contact at Identity. Details and sign up at   https://www.dokindworks.org/sheet/drop-off-in-silver-spring-identity-danyi/

Pro Bono Attorney

Identity is now looking for a pro bono attorney to help this family make arrangements for the children of two very ill immigrants to be eventually adopted by an uncle. Identity is 

looking for a pro bono lawyer than can help this family with the legal paperwork, the client’s brother will take custody of the children once she is not able to take care of them and/or passes away.  If you are, or know, an attorney who may be able to help, contact 

Alcira Aldana Colón, Crisis Intervention Manager, at acolon@identity-youth.org

Housing Placement Still Needed for 2 Unaccompanied Teen Brothers

In October,  2 unaccompanied teens (now 16 and 18) who needed temporary housing while their caseworker finds permanent placement for them. We were able to find generous temporary housing in Bethesda.  The caseworker informed me today that she has had no luck in finding permanent housing and their temporary housing must end by December 21.  If no one steps forward as new home for the boys, they will go to Child Protective Service here in MoCo, and most likely be split up into foster care. 

 

I'm sending this notice out asking that you again notify your faith, work, and friend networks -- anywhere in the DMV,  or even elsewhere in the US if you personally have a lead on a good placement farther away.

The ask this time is for PERMANENT PLACEMENT -- called "CARETAKER" placement -- which would be for just under 2 years when the younger brother graduates from high school and the boys become of age to be out of their own.

The Caretaker role differs from being a sponsor in that after a first sponsor placement required for US entry by USCIS ends, there are no further Federal guarantees and paperwork to sign regarding further placements, it's just caretaking from the heart (parenting or adult supervision).  More like hosting as part of your household an exchange student during highschool for the multicultural experience, or answering the call to provide a stable home after their universal difficult and courageous leave from their El Salvador life.

The caretaker and boys would have the experienced support system in the caseworker continuing to be involved coordinating and overseeing public services etc available to them through their aging out as adults.

Please know these are good, typical teens, reasonably mature, a pleasure to be with, eager to learn English, finish school, establish relationships with other teens and adults, and become productive Americans.  

Their original sponsorship ended because of change in sponsor's circumstances -- nothing to do with the boys.

 

In the 8 months the boys have been in the US, they have not been enrolled in school, but did some parttime work to earn a little spending money.  It's time to get them into a stable home environment, into school, and learning English!

I have my fingers crossed that a caring household says "YES, we can do this!"   Yes, a big responsibility, but lots of rewards for everyone involved.

 

With hope and appreciation,

Dianne

301-928-8486

 

Dianne Seiffert

Immigrant Justice Ministry Team

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

Bethesda MD

cedarlane.org

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