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FLEEING VIOLENCE

Many children flee violence in Central America, some climb atop La Bestia – the beast – a series of freight trains that wind through Mexico.

2

CAUGHT AT THE BORDER

Child migrants caught at the border are put into detention facilities by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

3

TEMPORARY SHELTERS

Within 72 hours, they are housed in shelters for about a month.

4

CASEWORKER ASSIGNED

At the shelters, each child is assigned a caseworker and given mental and physical health assessments. They are also screened for signs of human trafficking.

5

SEARCH FOR A 'SPONSOR'

An adult who agrees to take responsibility for the child during the court process. Many children already know the contact information and name of their preferred sponsor.

6

BACKGROUND CHECKS

The sponsor fills out forms about their relationsihp to the child. They may also have to submit fingerprints, but background checks are not always thoroughly conducted.

7

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Caseworkers drive children to the airport if needed. The sponsor must pay any travel expenses.

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MONITORING

Once a child is placed with a sponsor, the local or state child protective services agency is responsible for following up on reports of abuse or neglect. The federal government does not follow up except for a phone call after 30 days.

1

2

FLEEING VIOLENCE

CAUGHT AT THE BORDER

Many children flee violence in Central America, some climb atop La Bestia – the beast – a series of freight trains that wind through Mexico.

Child migrants caught at the border are put into detention facilities by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

3

4

CASEWORKER ASSIGNED

TEMPORARY SHELTERS

At the shelters, each child is assigned a caseworker and given mental and physical health assessments. They are also screened for signs of human trafficking.

Within 72 hours, they are housed in shelters for about a month.

5

6

SEARCH FOR A 'SPONSOR'

BACKGROUND CHECKS

An adult who agrees to take responsibility for the child during the court process. Many children already know the contact information and name of their preferred sponsor.

The sponsor fills out forms about their relationsihp to the child. They may also have to submit fingerprints, but background checks are not always thoroughly conducted.

7

8

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

MONITORING

Caseworkers drive children to the airport if needed. The sponsor must pay any travel expenses.

Once a child is placed with a sponsor, the local or state child protective services agency is responsible for following up on reports of abuse or neglect. The federal government does not follow up except for a phone call after 30 days.

1

2

3

4

FLEEING VIOLENCE

CASEWORKER ASSIGNED

TEMPORARY SHELTERS

CAUGHT AT THE BORDER

Many children flee violence in Central America, some climb atop La Bestia – the beast – a series of freight trains that wind through Mexico.

Within 72 hours, they are housed in shelters for about a month.

At the shelters, each child is assigned a caseworker and given mental and physical health assessments. They are also screened for signs of human trafficking.

Child migrants caught at the border are put into detention facilities by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

5

6

7

8

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

MONITORING

SEARCH FOR A 'SPONSOR'

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Caseworkers drive children to the airport if needed. The sponsor must pay any travel expenses.

An adult who agrees to take responsibility for the child during the court process. Many children already know the contact information and name of their preferred sponsor.

The sponsor fills out forms about their relationsihp to the child. They may also have to submit fingerprints, but background checks are not always thoroughly conducted.

Once a child is placed with a sponsor, the local or state child protective services agency is responsible for following up on reports of abuse or neglect. The federal government does not follow up except for a phone call after 30 days.