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Building Trust with Immigrant and Refugee Families: Spreading and Adapting 2Gen Working Practices
Policy Briefs
May 2022

Building Trust with Immigrant and Refugee Families: Spreading and Adapting 2Gen Working Practices

How can service organizations build trust with immigrant families, and what positive results can come from trusting relationships? This brief explores two-generation (2Gen) practices—interventions that work with both parents and children—that aim to build trust with immigrant families. Several broad strategies arose from survey results, interviews, webinars, and peer advising and learning convenings: to build trust, many of the best 2Gen service organizations are intentionally hiring and retaining culturally competent staff and creating welcoming and safe spaces to meet and work with immigrant families.

This brief is part of a set of four by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, Migration Policy Institute, and Higher Heights Consulting that explore 2Gen working practices that serve immigrant and refugee families. The others look at approaches to serving families with different immigration statuses, overcoming language barriers, and developing cultural competencies.

Table of Contents 

Immigrant Families Are Vital to Our Shared Future

Why 2Gen and Immigrant Families?

The Building Trust with Immigrant Families Webinar

Working Practice 1: Culturally Competent Staff Offering Integrated Services

Working Practice 2: Creating Safe Spaces at Home and at School

Policy Implications

Conclusion