As federal immigration enforcement priorities have changed in recent years, the child welfare system is playing a more prominent role in the lives of migrant and refugee families. The presentation will explore the ways in which immigration policy often conflicts with the values of child welfare professionals and social workers in their commitment to the best interest of children. Specific attention will be given to the impact on health and mental health outcomes of migrant and refugee youth. Participants will examine the social, economic, and political factors that often force a family to migrate. The presenter will provide trauma informed practice interventions that aim to minimize the effects of traumatic stress.
Adam McCormick is assistant professor of Social Work at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, teaching courses in child welfare and social work with families. His research interests include LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, the relationship rights of siblings in foster care, the intersections of child welfare and immigration, and masculinity and violence. McCormick is the author of LGBTQ Youth in the Foster Care System: Empowering Approaches to an Inclusive System of Care and Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Foster Caregivers. He is a frequent contributor on child welfare topics to a number of publications throughout the state of Texas, including the Texas Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle.