How Can You Help Migrant Children?
If you are following recent reports about how migrant children are treated while in the custody of the government, you know that there are some serious problems. Fortunately, there are numerous Americans that stepped up and started helping. If you are interested in learning how to help migrant children, let’s talk about the most important things you have to remember.
Educate Those Around You And Always Speak Out
One of the biggest problems with the current migrant crises in the US is that people choose to ignore what is going on. The truth is we are not dealing with an immigration crisis or problems caused by people seeking asylum. In reality, we are dealing with a clear management crisis.
One of the most important American values is to offer human treatment to every single person alive, especially children. Unfortunately, this is not what is happening and it takes people standing up and speaking out to make a change. Use social media to educate those around you and show facts.
Contact The Government Representative
Get involved by calling your state, national, or/and local representatives. Do so to let these people know that the current problems affecting migrant children are actually an important humanitarian issue for you. Some of the most important messages that you want to include in your calls are:
- Protecting children’s rights – It is very important to develop protections and not remove those that exist.
- Offering children the opportunity of talking about the experiences they had.
- Establishing humane children treatment standards when under CBP (Customs and Border Protection) custody.
- The leadership crisis that exists (there are funds available to help).
When government facilities hold unaccompanied children, they are not allowed to receive donated goods. This means donations are not possible. But you can help private migrant shelters.
Seriously consider sending donations like clothing, toys, books, art items, and, of course, cash to nearby shelters.
Support Your Community’s Migrant Families And Children
When children and families are released from custody and are reunited with sponsors or their families, they end up entering communities located all throughout the US. This is a very scary situation and a lot of help is needed. As a result, it is a very good idea to offer encouragement, friendship, and support.
You want to show immigrants that they are welcome. Start with community centers, churches, and schools. Also, when a new school year starts, look at the new students so that you can see if there are immigrants present, together with how they are protected.
Last but not least, many of the migrant children do not have anyone to turn to. This is why foster families and shelters are so important. One of the best ways to help is to become a foster family. You can only do this if you have a license but getting one is much easier than you might think.
As you can see, there is always something that you can do to help migrant children in the US. It is just something that you need to dedicate yourself to.