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New Americans

Foster Care for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

The Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program of Lutheran Social Services New Americans provides long-term support for youth in a safe and nurturing foster or kinship family to encourage growth toward independence. Through the following steps, we find foster care solutions for refugee youths who arrive in the United States without a parent or adult relative able and willing to care for them.

  • Recruit, train, license and support foster parents
  • Provide case management services
  • Prepare youth for family reunification or self-sufficient adulthood

Basic Licensure Qualifications for Foster Parents

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be financially stable
  • Be single or married
  • Own or rent a home or apartment
  • Have adequate space for a youth
  • Have a clear background check
  • Have the ability to work as a team with social workers and other service providers
  • Have the characteristics of foster families appropriate for youth refugees
  • Interested in world affairs and in learning about other cultures
  • Willing to help the child stay connected to his/her culture of origin and birth family, including family members overseas
  • Willing to teach the youth self-sufficiency skills
  • Have the ability to advocate within health, education and other systems

Contact: 701-235-7341

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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