Your policies, our children: messages from refugee parents to child welfare workers and policymakers

Child Welfare. 2009;88(3):145-68.


In this study, refugee parents living in Canada share their views of parenting and their experiences of Canadian child welfare services. Using photovoice methods, parents develop messages for child welfare workers and policymakers working with refugee families and communities. The messages are presented from the parents' point of view within three major themes: understanding the hopes and fears we have for our children, understanding our settlement challenges, and working with us in the development of child welfare policies and services.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Africa, Western / ethnology
  • Asia / ethnology
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Canada
  • Child
  • Child Welfare / ethnology*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants* / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Refugees* / psychology
  • Social Work*