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Since 2005, Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) has proudly operated the Refugee School Impact Program, funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and administered with the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services – Children’s Services. This program is dedicated to helping refugee families in Tarrant County successfully navigate the U.S. public school system, ensuring that their children thrive academically and socially. 

At Catholic Charities Fort Worth, we believe in the power of relentless dedication and evidence-based solutions to bring about transformative change. Poverty Awareness Month is not just about awareness; it’s a call to action, a rallying cry for all of us to join hands in the pursuit of holistic solutions that leave no one behind. 

Our Comprehensive Support Services 

1. Parent Orientation Workshops: Transitioning to a new educational system can be overwhelming for newly arrived refugee parents. Our workshops provide vital information on attendance policies, dress codes, report card systems, testing requirements, transportation, and school lunch programs. Held in person at community locations or schools, these sessions are conducted by language group with interpretation provided. To aid in their new beginning, We strive to supply new arrivals with a school uniform and backpack filled with supplies (Click here to support this effort.)

2. English Language and Literacy Instruction: Almost all refugee children arrive with interrupted or minimal formal education. Our trained teachers offer English language and literacy instruction on school campuses and at apartment complexes during the school year and summer. Volunteers and interns play a crucial role in this effort.

3. Crisis Resolution: Our dedicated staff address school-related crises, including issues of tardiness, truancy, special needs, academic challenges, and transportation. Serving as liaisons between parents and schools, we facilitate parent-teacher conferences and work to resolve any concerns.

4. Counseling Services: Adjusting to life in the U.S. is challenging, especially for refugee students who have experienced trauma. Our licensed therapists offer individual and group counseling on school campuses, in apartment complexes, and in homes, with interpretation services available as needed. Learn more about our counseling services today click here.

5. Professional Development for Educators: We provide educators and school administrators with essential training on the unique needs of refugee students, promoting trauma-informed approaches to support their educational success.

The Refugee School Impact Program at CCFW is more than just an educational initiative; it is a lifeline for refugee families striving to build new lives in Tarrant County. Through comprehensive support and dedicated services, we empower children to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.

Get Involved: Whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading the word, your support can make a significant difference in the lives of refugee families.