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Archives for September 2014

UnAccompnaied Children

shutterstock_7249876Gulf Coast provides shelter care and related services to UnAccompanied Children.   The Program welcomes boys, ages 8-17, primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to its residential facility. The goal of this Program is to connect these children with viable family members or qualified sponsors who are already in the United States. Children can stay in our shelter for as long as it takes to reunite them with qualified sponsors. On average, children are reunited with parents and/or close relatives, who can care for their physical and mental well being, within 17 days. While at the shelter the children receive medical, mental health, education and acculturation services in a safe and nurturing environment.

·       The Office of Refugee Resettlement funds this program through September 2015.

·       By law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must provide for the custody and care of unaccompanied alien children.

·       Minors have come to the United States include, but are not limited to, the following: To escape violence, abuse or persecution in their home countries; To reunite with family members already residing in the United States; or were brought into the United States by human trafficking rings or organized smugglers