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Since 2011, the United States has seen a growing number of children flee to the U.S. without any parent accompanying them. These children, primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, seek care from family in the U.S. to escape the violence plaguing their home countries. LIRS believes that all children deserve protection and that our values compel us to protect vulnerable children in the world, at our borders, and in our communities.

In 2016, LIRS partners served more than 26,000 children and their families throughout the United States through the following services:

Foster Care

In partnership with community-based child welfare and refugee organizations, LIRS provides long-term foster care for refugee children and other unaccompanied migrant children who obtain legal status. LIRS also provides both short-term family, and group foster care, for recently arrived migrant children.

Learn how you can become a foster parent. 

Family Reunification

LIRS provides assistance and support for safe release to caregivers throughout the family reunification process by conducting necessary background checks, ensuring the appropriate documentation is collected, and providing families with connections to services.