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What will this webinar cover?  ​​URM foster care serving agencies often face challenges recruiting, training, licensing, and retaining foster parents for unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs). Misconceptions about refugees, the resettlement process, and the foster care system coupled with long licensing processes and complex systems can all contribute to individuals’ reluctance to foster URMs. This webinar […]

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What will this webinar cover? This webinar will share effective strategies to create high quality resumes for newcomer populations. During the session, we will cover industry standard resume creation practices, including suggestions and best practices for selecting resume format type; shaping the content of standard resume components; selecting suitable fonts; optimizing resume length; crafting impactful […]

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During resettlement, newcomer caregivers face numerous challenges adjusting to their new cultural context, which can significantly affect their caregiving practices for children and youth. Although some families receive a brief cultural orientation upon arriving in the United States, further education on U.S. child welfare policies, positive parenting strategies, and parental rights and responsibilities is essential […]

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What will this webinar cover?  For unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs), identifying as a member of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) community adds layers of complexity to their experiences, often intensifying feelings of isolation and vulnerability. LGBTQ+ URMs often encounter compounded discrimination and are disproportionately affected by violence, homelessness, and lack of […]

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What will this webinar cover?  ​​Publicly funded early childhood services can support newcomer refugee and immigrant families by helping children build a strong foundation and families thrive as they resettle in a new country. However, refugee and immigrant families are less likely to enroll and participate in these services than other eligible families.  ​​This webinar […]

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Switchboard is pleased to announce a free online instructor-led certificate course on how service providers can work together with newcomers to improve service delivery through the use of emerging technology. The course will focus on co-creation—a method that places newcomers at the center of the design process, enabling the creation of more relevant, inclusive, and innovative digital products to help overcome […]

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“Welcoming” and “belonging” are important concepts in all resettlement contexts, but they may emerge as particularly significant for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) newcomers and those who serve them. Cultivating inclusive environments for newcomers in the LGBTQ+ community can serve as an essential catalyst for fostering not just successful community integration, but […]

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Social services is one of the most common sectors in the United States where resettled refugees and newcomers often work. Resettlement staff with lived experience identify as a refugee, immigrant, or newcomer and underwent or are undergoing the resettlement process themselves.  Newcomers who begin working in the resettlement field face unique stressors and barriers on […]

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Switchboard is pleased to announce a free online certificate course, Enhancing Services for LGBTQ+ Newcomer Clients, which will meet in four 90-minute sessions every Wednesday from June 26 to July 17, 2024. Moreover, this course is among the first National Association of Social Workers-accredited Switchboard courses! Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will earn 6 continuing education units/credits […]

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Nonprofit organizations typically follow a predictable life cycle—beginning with the inception of an inspiring idea; followed by the establishment of a practical foundation; then, expanding operations; then, developing mechanisms for sustaining the institution’s functions; and then, ultimately, pursuing a review and renewal of the core mission. Each of these five stages comes with unique challenges […]