Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
Catholic Charities’ Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URMP) assists immigrant youth with refugee status who enter the United States without a parent/guardian. These children may be refugees, asylees, entrants, or victims of human trafficking.
Our caring and compassionate staff place younger children in the care of foster families. Older youth, between the ages of 18 and 23, receive assistance through placement in independent living environments.
Our Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program offers services including:
- 24/7 foster care
- Extended Foster Care Services
- Road to Independent Living/Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS) Services
- Case management
- Assistance with legal status
- Help completing financial assistance applications
- Educational/socialization activities
- Life Skills training
- Mentoring and counseling
All children deserve a chance to succeed. Too often life’s circumstances interfere with healthy childhood development. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. has been caring for and nurturing vulnerable children for decades. We are committed to helping each child achieve their full potential.
Becoming a Foster Parent
URMP is looking for people who are stable and willing to complete our screening & preparation process to become foster parents. Our children and teens are ethnically diverse. Therefore, we need families /individuals who are culturally sensitive, and willing to make a difference in the lives of our children.
Our goal is to ensure that children and teens are placed in safe and loving homes as they begin a new life in this country.
The ideal foster parent candidate has:
- A good heart
- A loving and safe home
- A bed and place for child/teen to store personal belongings
- A Miami-Dade address
- A financial stable situation (sufficient income to pay your own bills)
- A clean criminal and civil background
- Time and an open mind to participate in our free Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) workshops to prepare you as a foster parent
You do not have to be Catholic, married, or have children, to be considered as a foster parent. Clothing, education, medical care, and other support services are provided at no cost to you. Additionally, you will receive a monthly stipend to assist you with caring for the child.
If you or someone you know fits the above profile, please contact us for more information, and dates of our next orientation/free workshops.
Catholic Charities’ Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URMP) does not discriminate on the basis of disability to include services for the hard-of-hearing. All meetings conducted by URMP will provide auxiliary aids and accommodations upon request.
We need volunteers to help us nurture our children through:
- Field trips & recreational activities
- Write grants/Fundraise
If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, visit our volunteer page to find all the information you need to get started!
Immigrant youth 0-23 years of age with refugee status.
Refugee services are also provided free of charge. The programis funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (Miami-Dade County)
Hours: M-F 8:30am – 5:00pm
Please include your phone number when contacting us by email so we may respond by telephone if necessary.