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Unaccompanied Children

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The Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program,* operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary housing, food, clothing, and other related services to unaccompanied minors in its custody. In 2018, OIG announced that the agency would rapidly deploy multidisciplinary teams to conduct site visits at ORR-funded facilities nationwide to review the care and well-being of all children residing in these facilities, including the subset of children who were separated due to the zero-tolerance policy. As part of this body of work, OIG also reviewed HHS program data and interviewed HHS staff, officials, and senior leadership to understand how HHS identified and tracked separated children. In three weeks, more than 200 OIG staff completed multi-day site visits to 45 ORR-funded facilities across the country. A series of reports are being released as a result of the site visits.

View an interactive timeline of these events. (Text-based version)

*Before March 2021, the Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program was named the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program.


Press Briefing: Communication and Management Challenges Impeded HHS's Response to the Zero-Tolerance Policy
UAC Press Briefing Transcript, March 2020

Press Briefing Audio: ORR-funded facilities experienced challenges addressing the mental health needs of children in HHS custody and obstacles hiring, screening employees
UAC Press Briefing Transcript, September 2019

Press Briefing Audio: HHS OIG: Many Children Separated from Parents, Guardians Before Ms. L. v. Ice Court Order and Some Separations Continue
UAC Press Briefing, January 2019

Last updated May 7, 2021