ERIC Number: EJ725102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Call-Centre: A Child Welfare Liaison Program with Immigrant Serving Agencies
Williams, Margaret; Bradshaw, Cathryn; Fournier, Beverly; Tachble, Admasu; Bray, Rob; Hodson, Fay
Child Welfare, v84 n5 p725 Sep-Oct 2005
Alberta, Canada, welcomed nearly 16,000 landed immigrants in 2003, of whom more than half came to the Calgary area. Approximately 200,000 immigrants of various ethnic and cultural groups now live in the region. Many of these new arrivals have no natural support networks while struggling with language, cultural, and economic barriers. Recognizing these difficulties, the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority (CFSA) joined with several Immigrant Serving Agencies to develop guidelines and procedures to direct staff working with diverse cultures, including the Call-Centre pilot project, which provided CFSA staff with a one-stop telephone contact for information about an immigrant or refugee family, their culture, and available culturally-appropriate resources. The Call-Centre, which is currently being evaluated by researchers at the University of Calgary, will gradually expand to all CFSA sites in the region. This article describes the Call-Centre and the first phase of the evaluation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Support Groups, Pilot Projects, Child Welfare, Immigrants, Information Centers, Public Agencies, Guidelines
Child Welfare League of America, P.O. Box 932831, Atlanta, GA 31193-2831. Web site: http://www.cwla.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)