New American Children
For All Children
An estimated 17 million New American Children live in the United States,
including US citizen children with documented immigrant parents, US citizen children
with undocumented immigrant parents, Dreamers, and undocumented minors.
Children live in Texas
Are New American Children
the Center for New American Children
Growing up, New American Children face a plethora of unique challenges including anxiety & stress surrounding their immigration status or that of their family. New American Children are also more likely to experience culture shock or lack access to high-quality public education.
Teachers have reported feeling helpless as they watch their students struggle with the anxiety and fear from increased immigration enforcement and feeling unable to provide the emotional support and guidance their students need. CHILDREN AT RISK launched the Center for New American Children in January 2018 to help Texas schools respond to these challenges.
The Center for New American Children...
Researches best practices in how to support children from immigrant communities and investigates how to reduce barriers to the services and public benefits all children living in the US are entitled to.
Supports educators and other service providers that regularly interact with New American Children so all children can learn and thrive regardless of their or their family’s immigration status.
Works to depoliticize our current immigration climate and help child well-being stay front and center in efforts towards immigration reform.
Our Latest Immigration Research & Resources
Rational Middle Media is an award-winning collaborative that takes on important and controversial topics to drive throughful conversations. Their objective is to bring facts to the public through mediums of documentary film, the written word, podcasts, and social media.
Check out more resources from one of our partners, The Rational Middle. These episodes below provide an in-depth look at a avariety of issues impacting immigrant children and families.
Episode 11: Children of Immigrants – The American Promise “Children are the future of any society. One in every four children in America are immigrants themselves or children of immigrants. In order to build a more robust economy and society, a more inclusive future, we must address the impacts of immigration policy on them and their families.”
Episode 13: Educating Immigrants – Building the Future Workforce “It is the law that every child has a right to a K-12 education in America. However, having a right to an education and having a quality education free of the stresses of discrimination, fear, and with future opportunity are very different things.”
Growing Up In Houston: Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children
Data must be the catalyst for any conversation regarding the well-being of our children. However, data alone is not sufficient. We must also overlay context to better understand the complexities of the many issues facing our children. Growing Up in Houston aims to do just that.
CHILDREN AT RISK Releases 2022 Annual Report
2022 was a year of huge growth for CHILDREN AT RISK, both in our work and as an agency! In addition to our main office in Houston, we are proud to report C@R now has multiple staff members based in North Texas, Central Texas, and El Paso. Having this statewide...
C@R and Partners Present Third National Immigration Summit
This year, national advocates explored child-forward immigration policies, access to basic needs and mental health resources, education equity, and how to shift the narrative surrounding immigrants and immigration.On June 23, 2022, CHILDREN AT RISK hosted their third...
TREC Hosts Rapid Roundtable Centered on Immigration
Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) explores the intersection of the immigration and racial justice movements during June Rapid Roundtable discussion with advocates. CHILDREN AT RISK hosted its sixth Racial Equity Rapid Roundtable on June 22nd, a monthly...
C@R Celebrates Plyler V. Doe and DACA on June 15th
In 1982, the Court decided that “education has a fundamental role in maintaining the fabric of our society” and “provides the basic tools by which individuals might lead economically productive lives.” As the 40th anniversary of the ruling of Plyler v....
C@R Leads Learning Tour in Mexico City
In May, CHILDREN AT RISK hosted 20 guests in Mexico City for a human trafficking and immigration learning tour. The group spent a busy 4 days visiting with local organizations, touring cultural sites, and (of course) enjoying the food! The trip focused on exploring...
C@R Collaborates to Address Issues Impacting Spanish-Speaking Communities
C@R and Collaborators Share How to Talk to Your Children About the Dangers of the Internet Thank you to Univision and Idioma Mujer for your collaboration on this project! The quality of life of Texas children is of the utmost importance to CHILDREN AT RISK. We...
Congress Must Act to Protect DACA Recipients and Families
On Friday, July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful. Established in 2012, DACA enables certain immigrants to obtain work permits and avoid deportation. The program currently provides a...
How did Children Fare in the 87th Texas Legislative Session?
Over the last 140 days, Children at Risk monitored thousands of bills, registered support for bills 93 times, provided written testimony 23 times, and provided oral testimony 20 times. Out of our initial legislative priorities, 17 bills ultimately made it to the...
TXFLC Hosts Roundtable on Unaccompanied Children at the Border
In response to recent and upcoming delegation visits to migrant centers, the Texas Immigration Network, a Texas Family Leadership Council (TXFLC) workgroup, hosted a virtual roundtable to unpack the current issue of unaccompanied children at the Texas border. Speaking...
Children at Risk Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling to Maintain the DACA Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled against terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and in doing so temporarily protected hundreds of thousands of children from being either torn away from their families or forced to...