For over 45 years, Catholic Community Services of Utah has provided specialized foster care services to hundreds of unaccompanied children from around the world. These children entered the U.S. without their parents or an adult to care for them.
Who We Help
Minors that are eligible for the program include refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, special immigrant juveniles, and victims of human trafficking.
How We Help
Minors are placed in foster care homes or group homes appropriate to the minor's developmental needs. All youth in our care receive the same services as children in Utah foster care, including a foster home, and have the option to stay in the program until they turn 21. The types of services available through this program include:
- Financial support for housing, food, clothing, and other necessities
- Medical care
- Case management
- Independent living skills training (budgeting skills, housing, food preparation, social skills, legal system, transportation, education and community resources)
- Job training and career/college counseling
- Mental health services
- On-going family tracing
- Cultural activities/recreation
- Special education services (where appropriate)
- Legal and immigration assistance
Minors can remain in the program until they are reunited with their families or until they are 21 years of age. The goal for the program is family reunification.
How to become a foster parent
Below is the list of requirements for foster parents. For more information, contact the Refugee Foster Care department at or 801-428-1283.
- Clear federal and state background checks for everyone in the home over 18
- Completed application
- 27 hours of pre-service training
- CPR/First Aid certification
- Either single or able to show proof of marriage
- TB tests for all household members
- Approved home study (completed by CCS)
For More Information:
- Learn more about the unaccompanied refugee minor programs here.
- Visit the Utah Department of Workforce Service’s Refugee Services Office page.
- Visit the United Nations Refugee Agency page.