Child Welfare and Immigration: Immigrant Youth in Foster Care

Vanessa Fuentes’ life in Mexico stopped at 16 when she moved to the United States. As an unaccompanied and undocumented minor in foster care, Fuentes feared deportation. Her story is one of hundreds of immigrant youth in New York City found to be undocumented but eligible for a special immigration status that gives them a path to citizenship.

Over the last 20 years, laws have been made to protect undocumented minors in the United States and subsequently undocumented children that intersect with the child welfare system. This interactive describes some of the legal issues and obstacles this population faces to become legal permanent residents.

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