REsettlement TIMELINE 

 

The following is a snapshot of what newly-arrived refugee families experience during their R&P period, which lasts a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days. Those families on our Match Grant program will follow a similar timelineIt should be noted that unforeseen events and situations can at times disrupt the linear layout of the services delivered, making certain services delayed or secondarily prioritized.

 

What to Expect Weeks Three and Four:

  • Children are registered in school.

  • Children under 5, and pregnant mothers, are enrolled in WIC.

  • Family receives a second home visit from their caseworker.

  • Family attends a Cultural Orientation Class, topics of which include (not limited to):

    • Refugee status, rights, and responsibilities in the US

    • Healthcare system

    • Importance of ESL/job search, and of attending school

    • Clothing and other community resources

  • Social Security cards have usually arrived by now and been delivered to the family

  • Family has been scheduled for their refugee health screening through the Refugee Health Clinic, but may not have attended yet. Recently the Refugee Health Clinic has been scheduling appointments for families the first and second week of their arrival. 

 

What Not to Expect:

  • All children are attending school. Even though children may have been registered for school, they may not yet have gone to complete registration at their individual school(s).

  • Childcare assistance is in place. A family must be approved for childcare assistance through the county (DHA) and meet certain requirements.

  • Families understand everything that is going on. Families get A LOT of mail and phone calls from many different places once they have been registered for services. We do not expect them to know everything, nor remember all of the things we have previously discussed. If a Good Neighbor Team or Good Neighbor is connecting with a family, this is the perfect opportunity to assist them with understanding utility bills and other mail they receive.

  • Families can do everything on their own. While we encourage independence, families who have been in the US for one month generally still need some help with figuring out their new surroundings.

 

How to Advocate for Your Family:

  • Again, encouragement. The family may start to feel neglected by their caseworker since they will no longer be seeing the caseworker as often. Families are in the part of their resettlement where they are transitioning to more independence, and that can be scary for many reasons.