APHSA’s Leadership Council has chartered the Joint Taskforce on Refugees and Unaccompanied Children to assist the Council in furthering specific parts of APHSA’s policy agenda and to support APHSA members as they serve these populations. Responsibilities of the Task Force, which are drawn from its charter document, include the following:
(1) Carry out its specific agenda of (a) assessing the nature of the influx of refugees and unaccompanied children, and their impacts on state and local human service agencies and on related human-serving sectors; and (b) determining appropriate policy and practice responses to mitigate these impacts, providing proper supports and services to these populations, and providing needed information and resources to human services agencies and their stakeholders and partners.
(2) Convene regularly to determine detailed policy and practice issues relevant to its agenda; recommend action steps that should be brought before the Leadership Council for discussion and action; and serve as a forum for communication and resources among APHSA members, stakeholders, and partners.
(3) Carry out or recommend, as appropriate, communication of information, best practices, and other resources among APHSA members, stakeholders, and partners, including federal agency staff.
This site includes additional information about refugees and unaccompanied children; the Task Force and its work; and resources for data, federal guidance, state initiatives, and other relevant information.
The Task Force is currently focusing on a national survey of both state public human services agencies and their nonprofit partners that will help us map activities in each state. Highlights of the survey results will be posted here when the process is complete.
For more information, please contact: Lgruber@aphsa.org