Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors are teenagers who have been orphaned or separated from their families while fleeing persecution, violence, or abuse in their home country. Through nonprofit resettlement agencies, the National Office of Refugee Resettlement places them in a foster families and or supervised group homes. Since 2019 BCICRR has provided volunteer support such as tutoring, driving instruction, and financial assistance to unaccompanied minors in Bucks County.
It is critical to have community support. URMs need mentors, interpreters, tutors, people who can offer driving lessons and so much more. It means a great deal just to have someone take them on a bike ride, to a coffee shop or on a local hike. To provide this support or to open your home as a foster parent, click here to contact us for more information.
The Myles Family
and Their Foster Sons
Nasser, age 15 from Cameroon, was the first to arrive and quickly became part of the family. Industrious and motivated, he dove into school and got a job as a dietary aide at a nearby facility for seniors. Now enrolled in Drexel University, he looks forward to the co-op program in which students work part of the academic year in job placements in their field of interest. Naser comments “I am grateful to have the Myles be part of my family. I don’t know where I would be without them.”
Then they heard about two boys from Darfur who were in the same refugee camp. They said yes to both. [For safety and confidentiality, the placement agency has asked us not to use the names or photos of the young men from Darfur. Nasser, now over 18, gave permission to use his name and photo.] The first arrived and lived with the Myles family for 10 months before moving to live with a larger family in Allentown. The next year his friend from the camp in Darfur arrived. He attends Council Rock High School North in Newtown. With Nasser off to college, they anticipate the arrival of another young man.
Alisa Myles goes on, “Bethany still needs foster families. I urge other families to consider the rewards. To see the world through a different lens is a gift that makes me a better person. All it requires is an open mind and an open heart. We didn’t know what to expect. It turns out to be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.”