Unaccompanied and Migrant Children

The Situation:

During the past four years, the number of children migrating from Central
America (mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) to the United States
has been steadily increasing. More than 60,000 children have arrived so far
this year, and it is estimated that a total of 75,000 unaccompanied children
will have crossed borders to arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2014.The
children’s countries of origin are aggravated by lack of protection from drug
trafficking, violence, sex trafficking, poverty and unemployment, among other
factors. As a result, these children are vulnerable to harmful acts and are
fleeing for safety.

Our Response:

As members of the ELCA, we are called to love and welcome all. Lutheran Disaster Response has been engaging partners, companion churches and congregations in the U.S. that are in the midst of this situation. Working with Lutheran Social Services of the South and shelter programs by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, we are helping support a children's shelter, two transitional foster-care programs and the development of a new shelter site.

  • A children's shelter site is for children ages 12-17. While waiting to unite with a guardian or sponsor, children live at these shelters, receive food assistance, medical care, are connected with a case manager and attend school.
  • A transitional foster care program is for children younger than 12. Children in this program attend school at a day program and live with a foster family while they wait to reunite with a guardian or sponsor.

Your gifts, designated for unaccompanied and migrant children through Lutheran Disaster Response will be used 100 percent to help support efforts that will provide services and uphold the rights of those displaced.

What Can You Do?

Support unaccompanied migrant children by telling Congress to approve adequate funding to address this crisis. Find out how.

Pray for those affected by violence, that they may be granted peace and healing.

Your gifts designated for Unaccompanied and Migrant Children will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted by this crisis. Gifts from people like you allow us to respond to those who are most vulnerable. 

To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
  • Use this bulletin insert to inform your congregation and encourage support for Unaccompanied and Migrant Children.
  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.

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