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Ways you can help immigrant families and children

Ways you can help immigrant families and children

Volunteer support is not allowed in detention centers and shelters for the unaccompanied children, but there are ways you can help the children and/or immigrant families.  Find your local refugee resettlement agencies and donate goods here:



Attorneys Providing Pro Bono Legal Services:

The children running for their lives will not have legal support for any potential asylum, or other, hearing they will face. However, attorneys who can provide pro bono legal services for these children can find out how to do Pro Bono work for these children at  On that website, you find out which organizations provide services and you can also apply to be added to the list of free legal service providers. 

If you can translate, or if you have experience as a paralegal or law student, KIND welcomes dedicated professionals with language skills and legal training to help our offices with cases and research. Simply e-mail for questions or more information.

Nurturing and Caring Foster Care Parents Needed:

When refugee and immigrant children arrive in the United States without a parent or loved one to provide the shelter, security and sustenance they deserve, Catholic Charities is one of the agencies that provides specialized foster care services. This foster care program for children leaving federal detention facilities is extremely important for children who are:

  • Unable to name any family members or appropriate sponsors
  • Facing prolonged immigration cases that make their future uncertain
  • Hindered from returning to their home country in a timely manner
  • Engaged in in-depth interviews or a gradual transition to family reunification
  • At risk for and possible victims of trafficking, trauma or torture

To learn more about becoming a foster parent through Catholic Charities, visit our website All foster parents must meet eligibility requirements and pass a background check.

Monetary donations

Catholic Charities accepts donations at: Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, PO Box 1306, San Juan, TX 78589. Please write “immigrant relief” on the memo line. Online donations can be made at

Another organization that is helping is Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), which has a website at Because of legal restrictions in place, federal government agencies cannot accept volunteers and donations directly, but LIRS can connect you with local partners who can accept your gifts.

Please contact Kristine Poplawski,, if you would like to contribute in that way. LIRS is already working to offer case management services, housing support, and legal aid to vulnerable immigrants who would otherwise be detained in: Austin/San Antonio, Boston, Chicago, New Jersey, Phoenix/Tucson, Seattle, and the Twin Cities. Please contact Julia Coffin,, if you would like ways to connect with that work.