February 2012 focus for US-based BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services) is Building Strong Refugee Families & Communities. From the BRYCS e-bulletin:
“Strong families and communities are essential to the long-term success of refugee children…. Having the support and guidance of parents and co-ethnic communities helps refugee children draw healthy values and a positive identity from their ethnic heritage, while both parents and children also adapt to their new lives in the … research-to-practice resources to learn about …child-rearing expectations, develop parent support groups, and to help service providers create effective strengths-based programming. Key BRYCS family strengthening resources include… (all PDFs):
Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook
Toolkit for Working with Newcomer Parents
The BRYCS Brief, Supporting Refugee Families: Adapting Family Strengthening Programs that Build on Assets
For more information, visit BRYCS Family Strengthening page.