St. Jerome’s and St. Michael’s Homes for Children
Both of these homes provide urgent care for unaccompanied youth that came to the United States as a refuge or as undocumented.
St Jerome’s Home for Children
We provide a nurturing environment for unaccompanied refugee children and youth, many who have escaped devastating situations in their native lands. Through foster families, our agency home and supportive services, we help them heal and thrive.
St. Jerome’s is made up of two agency homes with the capacity to care for six males and six females, and provides the initial placement for the youth into the program. While the youth are living in this environment, evaluations are provided to assess all their needs (medical, psychiatric/therapeutic, educational, vocational, social, familial, legal) with the development of an initial service plan.
After these assessments are completed, a decision about a long-term placement is made in the best interest of the youth. If appropriate, the youth moves to live with an individual foster family. Otherwise, the youth remains in the agency foster home. If a youth is not able to maintain the foster family placement, he or she returns to the agency home to live until discharge.
If a child is placed with a foster family, all of the above services are provided as well.
Additional services provided by the program include:
- Indirect financial support for housing, food, clothing, and other necessities
- Intensive case management by a social worker
- Independent living skills training
- Education/English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Job skills training and career/college counseling
- Mental health services
- On-going family tracing, where possible cultural activities/recreation
- Special education services, when needed
- Legal assistance
The program consists of two safe, nurturing agency homes and individual foster homes that provide 24-hour, long-term foster care services to minors of all ages who have been designated as a refugee, an asylee, or a victim of human trafficking.
The program also serves minors who are in federal custody awaiting designation of status, (i.e., asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) who require long-term foster care due to the amount of time the legal process takes, varying from 3-36 months.
This program does not charge fees.
All services are provided by referral only from USCCB and are initiated at the main office.
St. Michael’s Home for Children
When unaccompanied minors are referred to us by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, we work hard to reunite the children with relatives here in the U.S. or in their country of origin. Generally, these solitary children have entered our country lacking proper documentation and have been detained by immigration officials. As we plan to reunite them with their family, we house them at St. Michael’s Home in a safe, comfortable environment where they receive clothing, meals, mentoring, medical services, education and assistance in contacting family.
The program provides a safe and nurturing environment to all unaccompanied minors sent to the program by The Office of Refugee Resettlement through the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services.
The following services are provided: shelter, clothing, meals, medical checkups, education, legal assistance, and communication with relatives in the USA and in the countries of origin. The ultimate goal is that the minor be reunited with relatives either here in the USA or, if that is not possible, with relatives in their country of origin.
St. Michael’s staff includes a program administrator, program director, supervisors, clinicians, teachers and teacher aides, coordinators, social workers, cooks, youth care workers, registered nurse and clinic nurse assistant.
Children are referred to this program by the Office of Refugee Resettlement through the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services.
Only unaccompanied minors who have entered the USA without proper documentation and who were subsequently apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office are eligible for care. All clients need to be sent to the program by the Office of Refugee Resettlement via immigration officials.
There are no fees for this service.
Children from Central and South American countries are placed at St. Michael’s. Upon being granted family reunification, many stay in the U.S. with their families while others are returned to their countries of origin where families reside.