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Who is an unaccompanied child?

An Unaccompanied Child (UC) is defined as a child under 18 years of age who has no immigration status and has been separated from their biological parent. While there are UC's from all over the world, children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have arrived at the Texas border through Mexico in record numbers in recent years. By law, the United States Health and Human Services department must provide for the custody and care of these children unless a sponsor can be found while they go through the immigration process. Less than 10% of UCs receive post release services.


The majority of unaccompanied children that RST serves come from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. These children often flee their home country in order to escape trafficking, abuse and gang violence. 


  • Home Studies

    UC case managers conduct home studies to assess whether safe placement of the child with a sponsor is possible upon leaving federal custody. If the home is found to be safe for the child, then the child may live with the sponsor as they wait for court proceedings.

  • Post-Release Services

    UC case managers provide post-release services through advocacy and by providing referrals and ensuring access to: education, advocacy, referrals to supportive counseling, health and legal services for children and their family. RST also provides ongoing assessments of the placement safety and stability, and the child's health and well-being.


For specific ways you can help unaccompanied migrant children directly, click here to visit our partners at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) who are coordinating relief efforts.

Refugee Services of Texas serves unaccompanied minors but does not host sponsor trainings for unaccompanied minors. Please find more information about how to become a sponsor here.



Use your voice to urge your senator to invest in capacity to welcome asylum seekers and unaccompanied children to the U.S.! 


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Every year, Refugee Services of Texas helps unaccompanied migrant children reunite safely with their loved ones in the United States. Your gift helps us serve children at the border and beyond. Thank you for caring!

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