Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program

A Brief Message About COVID-19: As our community is faced with an evolving pandemic, children need us now more than ever! Children in the care of Ascentria, whether in foster or adoptive homes, or supported in group care and residential settings, are some of our community’s most vulnerable children. That fact is only intensified by the current crisis. Despite the growing challenges, Ascentria continues to recruit, train, license and support foster families for our amazing children and teens.
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Open your heart and home.
Become a foster parent to a refugee minor.

Our Foster Care Program, The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URMP) of Ascentria Care Alliance, is the only foster care program in New England that provides foster care to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children. The URMP is contracted by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) to provide training, licensing, and ongoing support of foster parents for unaccompanied refugee minors (URM). 

Foster Care Family Photo

URMs, usually, adolescents, arrived in the United States prior to their 18th birthday without a parent or guardian to care for them. They fled their home countries due to war, extreme poverty, or violence. Starting out in the United States, these youth seek safety, opportunity, and the love and support of caring adults. Given the needs of our youth, the URMP is a long-term foster care program. 

Our goal is that youth develop lifelong connections with their foster families.

Ascentria is committed to recruiting a pool of diverse foster parents to meet the needs of our unique children and youth. Ascentria does not discriminate against foster parent applicants on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, religion, disability, or nationality. 

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Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

Our Services

URMs receive the same benefits and services as other foster children in Massachusetts, including:

  • Indirect financial support for housing, food, clothing etc.
  • Educational support
  • Case management services
  • 24-hour emergency on-call support
  • Assistance with immigration status
  • Health, mental health and legal services
  • Cultural and recreational activities
  • Mentoring and life skills training

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Could You Become a Foster Parent?

In order to foster a URM, you must meet the following criteria:
✓ Be at least 25 years old
✓ Be a resident of Massachusetts
✓ You must have available bedroom space in your home
(You are not required to own your own home)
✓ Single, partnered or married, all are welcome!


230 Second Ave, Ste 125
Waltham, MA 02451 
Phone: 774.243.3068
Fax: 508.519.8310


11 Shattuck Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 774.243.3068
Fax: 508.519.8310