Updated Monday, July 23, 2018 8:30 a.m.
Los Angeles County is working to assist children and families affected by the highly publicized incidents of family separation at the U.S.-Mexico. Currently, the County of Los Angeles can assist families in need with resources, including legal, health, and mental health services. The County is also exploring options to help reunite children with families. Here is what you need to know:
Why are undocumented children being separated from their parents?
Under the current Federal administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, undocumented children were separated from their parents who were trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Where are undocumented children right now?
Children separated from their parents end up in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which houses them in contracted or government-operated housing facilities until the children can be placed with a relative or sponsor.
I am a parent or a relative trying to locate a undocumented child separated from his or her parent(s), can you help me?
Please contact us at (800) 593-8222 for information and help.
Are there any legal resources available to assist these families?
Yes, please call us at (800) 593-8222. We will connect you with a legal service provider who can assist with your unique situation.
What can the County of Los Angeles do to assist these families?
The County of Los Angeles can provide the following services for families:
- Family reunification information and assistance
- Referrals to immigration legal representation
- Mental health services
- Physical health screening and treatment
- Vaccination and immunization
- Child care services
- School enrollment
- Food and nutritional resources
- Homelessness assistance
Contact us for information on how to receive these services: (800) 593-8222.