SUECARES HAS TWO GOALS:
for Education Scholarship Program
children emancipate out of the foster care system, they are left to
survive on their own. Continued education is costly and to many of
these children, college is a dream—not a reality. For this reason,
SueCares is creating a scholarship program for children in the
foster care system to help make their dreams a reality.
regularly to follow our progress in this important
SueCares is an advocate for foreign-born children who are dependents
of the court due to abuse or neglect. We provide these children and
adoptive U.S. parents with resources to navigate the federal and
state court systems. We continue to educate everyone who touches
these children’s lives.
not about immigrant children. It is
about children of illegal immigrants who have been abused and/or
abandoned. When children are removed from their homes, the
immigration decision is made whether it is in the best interest of
the children to send them back to their homeland or to take
responsibility for them ourselves and make them dependents of the
born in the United States have a legal right to an education,
driver’s licenses, medical care, employment and all of the other
tools that they need to grow up and lead productive lives. All
children should have these rights. Yet these rights are denied to
children who have entered the country illegally – through no fault
of their own. When these children are abused or abandoned by their
birth parents and consequently made dependents of the court in order
to protect them, they do not have the same rights, the same chance
child is a dependent of the court and parental rights have
subsequently been terminated, that child will remain in the foster
care system until turning 18 years of age unless the child is
fortunate enough to be adopted.
Federal law does not automatically entitle these children to stay in
the United States once they are adopted.
They do not
automatically gain legal status by virtue of the fact that they are
legally adopted by U.S. citizens. These children are subject to
deportation at any time.
the foster care system takes these children in to protect them, that
protection has flaws. These children do not know how to resolve
their legal status – most adults find the legal system
daunting, much less a child. Unless they are assigned
immigration counsel to help them through the process, they will
remain illegal. Consequently, when they turn 18, they are still
lacking legal status and therefore do not have the same rights as
children born in the United States. These rights are necessary in
order to become productive adults in the United States.