New Partnership with USCCB
ISS-USA has partnered with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to expand the services offered to unaccompanied, alien children (UAC). USCCB's program, which is funded through the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, will work directly with the children who arrived unaccompanied, and have been released from Federal custody to assess what permanency plan is in their best interest. The program will focus on children in 7 cities (Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, DC, Arlington & Baltimore) through the newly created position of Child Advocate, whose role will be to coordinate individual assessments, called Best Interest Determinations, of the children involved in the project. ISS-USA will provide direct support to these Child Advocates through training, technical assistance and services, including home studies, document tracing and relative tracings in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.