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S23-107 Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families in the United States

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  800 Online
Isabella Stackl, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Immigrants have always been essential to the make-up of the United States and the percentage of immigrants has been steadily increasing. As of September 2022, the U.S foreign born population hit an all-time high of 48 million, which is almost 15% of the total U.S. population. The Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area is a culturally rich hub for immigrants from many different countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia. Many migrants are forcibly displaced due to violence, war, poverty and hardship and experience trauma at several stages of their journey. As social workers, we have the opportunity to support immigrant families with a variety of challenges, including rebuilding their families, navigating a new culture and language, overcoming trauma, learning new systems such as immigration, health care and education, and achieving economic stability. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will provide general context about the populations that are migrating to the U.S., the journeys they endure to arrive in the United States, and the systems that they have to navigate once they get here. The presenter will outline the challenges and barriers to services and provide recommendations for trauma-informed and culturally-informed approaches to best support newcomers from around the world. The presenter will cover a variety of practice areas, including child welfare, mental health, and education. 



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Isabella Stackl, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Program Director for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program
Lutheran Social Services of the North Capital Area

Isabella Stackl, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW is the Program Director for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area in Fairfax, VA. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and is a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Isabella has over 13 years of experience working directly with children and families, in immigration and refugee services as well as managing programs for immigrant and refugee children. Isabella has worked as a monitor providing oversight to post-release service programs and Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Programs nationally. Prior to her role at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Isabella managed a domestic foster care program at a Washington DC non-profit, which provides culturally and linguistically appropriate homes and services to immigrant children and families. In her current position as the director of the Virginia URM program, Isabella has been key in developing and establishing the program and manages the day-to-day operations, including recruiting, training, and licensing foster families and placement and case management activities. Isabella is knowledgeable and experienced in the unique intersection between child welfare and migration and enjoys innovating and developing solutions that meet the unique needs of the URM population.

Agenda & Learning Objectives



Registration/Log On 

10:00 – 11:30 


11:30- 11:45    


11:45 – 1:15 

Lecture (Continued) 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will learn about immigrant and refugee children and families in the United States, where they come from and reasons for migration. 

  • Participants will learn about barriers to services for immigrants and refugee children and families in the United States and common risk factors for this population. 

  • Participants will learn about systems, resources and best practices to support immigrant and refugee children and families.  

  • Participants will leave the workshop with concrete recommendations and resources to improve care in their practice area. 

Bibliography & References


Workie, E., Hinkle, L., Heredia, S. The Missing Link: Connecting Eligible Asylees and Asylum Seekers with Benefits and Services. (2022). Migration Policy Institute.

Workie, E., Hinkle, L, de Dufour, A. and Lacarte, V. Advancing Digital Equity among Immigrant-Origin Youth. (2022) Migration Policy Institute.

Ruiz Soto, A., Bottone, R., Waters, J., Williams, S., Louie, A., Wang, Y. Charting a New Regional Course of Action: The Complex Motivations and Costs of Central American Migration. (2021) Migration Policy Institute

Strauss, V. (2022) Challenges that young immigrants face with U.S. public schools. By Valerie Strauss. Washington Post.

Montoya-Galvez, C. Nearly 130,000 unaccompanied migrant children entered the U.S. shelter system in 2022, a record. (2022). CBS News.

Fact Sheet. (2023, January 27) Unaccompanied Children (UC). Office of Refugee Resettlement.

General Statistics.(2023, January 27) Unaccompanied Children. Office of Refugee Resttlement . January 2023.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after May 18, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
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