Hosting in your home
Hosting Asylum Seekers
Interested in hosting an asylum seeker but you have questions? Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about hosting.
Children (under the age of 18) who have no parent or guardian are considered unaccompanied minors. If the child comes to the US from a refugee camp, they most likely arrive having already been granted refugee status and are on their way to permanent residency. If the child does not have refugee status, they have to apply for asylum. Ascentria Care Alliance is the only agency that helps refugee unaccompanied minors. They seek foster parents to take these children into their homes (mostly teens). If the child is seeking asylum, Ascentria provides them with legal assistance.
Without the ability to work, asylum seekers need food and shelter. They can’t earn money and they can’t sign leases. Many stay with friends or others from their country, some are in homeless shelters, though some shelters do not allow those without permanent residency (Green Cards). Many are in urgent need of housing/food/support.
Because adult asylum seekers have no legal status, there are no legal requirements. From the physical standpoint: their own room is highly desirable. If they have their own bathroom and/or kitchen, that’s a plus. Cooking and shared meals will be worked out in each situation. From a personal standpoint, remember that many of these individuals have been through great loss or trauma – hosts must be warm, helpful, and considerate, without being intrusive. Good listening skills are a plus, but most of all, a sense of consistency is important for someone who has very little they could count on for some length of time.
Hosting unaccompanied minors follows the state rules for foster parenting. These include attending training and have some housing restrictions.
Interested in hosting an Asylum Seeker? Contact us for more information.
Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seeker
If you are interested in exploring being a foster parent for an unaccompanied minor Asylum Seeker, please contact Ascentria. LexRAP would be happy to provide additional support to those who follow this path.