Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
The URM long-term therapeutic foster care program provides
specialized services for refugees from war torn countries. The program also serves Victims of Human Trafficking, Asylees, and Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) cases. Catholic Charities URM program, through funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), places minors in therapeutic foster homes, group homes, or Independent Living arrangements appropriate to their developmental needs. All URM youth must enter the legal custody of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services prior to their 18th birthday.
The goal of the URM Program is to assist unaccompanied refugee minors in developing appropriate skills to enter adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Some of the services that are available to URM youth through refugee foster care placement are: intensive case management, therapy, cultural orientation, translation/ interpretation services, assistance with obtaining U.S. residency, socialization and recreational activities, educational assistance as well as religious affiliations.