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Family Preparedness Packet

We partnered with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, PAIR, KIND and other organizations to create a "Family Preparedness Packet" for immigrants and others who might need to make arrangements for their children in case they are suddenly unable to care for them themselves. This packet includes information about how families can protect their assets and determine who will care for their children in emergency situations such as a medical crisis or the need to leave the country. A 2011 report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation found that more than 5,000 children were placed in foster care after their parents were deported, often with parental rights terminated. It is imperative that families are given the resources they need to plan for these possibilities and ensure they are the ones making decisions about the care of their children. The Family Preparedness Packet decodes legalese, clarifies these complicated processes, and defines important vocabulary to empower families in vulnerable situations.

Check back soon for translated versions of this packet and be sure to visit our social media channels frequently for details about upcoming info sessions!

National Appleseed's Updated Manual

National Appleseed has updated its 2012 manual, "Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation." Due to growing demand, National Appleseed was publishing each chapter as they were updated — however, the complete manual is now available on their website for viewing! This is a critical resource for immigrants and their allies that helps families fully prepare for financial and family issues in the event of deportation, arrest, and other emergencies. We encourage anyone passionate about immigration rights to check it out!