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Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care: Update

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program, operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), provides care and placement for children without lawful immigration status who do not have a parent or guardian in the United States available to take custody. The UAC Program serves children who arrive in the United States unaccompanied, as well as children who are separated from their parents or legal guardians by immigration authorities after entering the country (i.e., separated children). Under a June 26, 2018, Federal court order, families entering the United States without authorization cannot be separated at the border by immigration authorities unless the parent meets certain criteria, such as having a criminal history. We will determine the total number of separated children referred to ORR after June 26, 2018. We will also determine key characteristics of this population, identify the reasons for their separation, and compare their outcomes (e.g., length of time in care) to the UAC Program child population overall.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
October 2020 Administration for Children and Families Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care: Update Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-BL-20-00680 2021