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Recommendation Follow-Up: Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Post-Placement Activities for Unaccompanied Children

Under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, § 462, HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) administers the Unaccompanied Children program. ORR provides temporary shelter, care, and other related services to unaccompanied children in its custody before releasing them to a parent, relative, or other adult sponsor. In a 2008 report, OIG found a lack of clarity between HHS and the Department of Homeland Security regarding their roles and responsibilities related to unaccompanied children. OIG also found that at the time, neither Department checked on children’s safety and well-being after their release from Federal custody. OIG recommended that the Departments delineate their roles and responsibilities in a formal agreement. This recommendation has not been fully implemented; therefore, we will follow up on ORR’s progress toward addressing the recommendation, and examine ORR’s efforts to promote the safety and well-being of children after their release from ORR’s custody.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Nov-16 Administration for Children and Families Recommendation Follow-Up: Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Post-Placement Activities for Unaccompanied Children Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-09-16-00260 2017

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