Refugee Foster Youth
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) are children and youth who have fled their home countries and lost their parents and/or family. These children are alone with no means of support. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) identifies these children in refugee camps all over the world and sends them to Utah. They must be under the age of 18 to enter into this program but are supported until they are 21 years old.
URMs are placed by the court into the custody of Catholic Community Services (CCS). A CCS case manager is assigned to each child. If you foster a refugee youth, you will work closely with this CCS case manager as well as with your family consultant. In order to foster a refugee youth, you must meet certain qualifications as well as pass a home study, background check, medical clearance and participate in pre-service and on-going training. Youth typically stay 6 to 8 months but can be with you for as long as 2 years. You may only have up to six children in your home, including your biological children.
Refugee children face many difficulties in coming to America. They must quickly learn a new language and culture and you are their primary support system. As such, we will provide you with as much support as you need to help these children feel secure.