Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) are under the age of 18 and resettled alone in the United States, without a parent, relative or other responsible adult to care for them. They fall into three categories:
- Refugee minors -- young people identified overseas who enter the United States prior to their 18th birthday without a parent or caregiver to provide for them. These youths are placed directly into foster care upon their arrival.
- Asylee/ special immigrant juvenile status minors -- minors granted status in the United States because of a history of abuse, neglect or abandonment and have no family to care for them. They are also eligible for foster care.
- Victims of trafficking -- minors who are victims of trafficking, which involve some form of forced labor or prostitution, are also eligible for the refugee foster care program.
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