Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), our Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program creates loving and responsible foster homes for youth that have fled situations of war and persecution. This program ensures that eligible unaccompanied minor populations receive the full range of assistance, care, and services available to all foster children in the state by establishing a legal authority to act in place of the child’s unavailable parent(s).
We provide informational sessions and training to families seeking to open their homes to these refugee youth, as well as case management and support services to these youth. In 2019, 27 refugee youth were served through our URM programming and 31 parents were trained in foster care.
Please consider opening your heart and home to a youth in need by becoming a foster parent. To learn more contact Patricia Britt at BrittP@LSSNCA.org for inquiries from DC and Maryland, contact Edna Myers at MyersE@lssnca.org for inquires in Northern Virginia, or fill out our inquiry form to make a difference today.
Shavonne Bowman Shares her Experience as a URM Foster Mom
Matt & Bridgette, URM Foster Parents
It is so rewarding when a child who was once a stranger comes to know you and trust you. It’s also been inspiring to get to know the guidance counselors, social workers and others who have helped him along the way.