The Preventive Services Refugee Program assists refugee families in Erie County involved in the child welfare system. Our staff conducts home visits with the parents/caretakers and the children, with the aid of interpreters through the International Institute or Catholic Charities Immigration Refugee Assistance Program to ensure that parents receive the message in their native language.
Child permanency, safety and well-being is the focus as staff work with the biological parents, as well as kinship/foster parents if and when there is an out of home placement.
Support is provided for parents, including family counseling, networking and linking the families with appropriate resources.
Our staff is specially trained to work with refugee families, to better understand their respective cultures and ensure sensitivity to their beliefs and traditions.
Home based refugee preventive services are offered through the Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS). Referrals come directly from Erie County DSS; families cannot self-refer.
Services are offered to families with safety risks for children, and have a goal of safety, permanency and well-being for children at risk of foster care placement.
Please call (716) 218-1400 ext. 2048 or (716) 856-4494 ext. 332 for more information.