The Unaccompanied Migrant Children Program - Passage of Hope

The Leake & Watts Passage of Hope (Camino de Esperanza) Program provides short-term care and assistance to undocumented/unaccompanied migrant children who have come into the United States from other countries without an adult guardian. Since October 2013 alone, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been caught crossing the United States border.  Primarily from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, these children are fleeing neighborhoods and cities filled with violence, abuse, neglect and terror. Leaving their families behind, they are making the dangerous journey across the border to try to create a better life for themselves and their families. The pressure and risks that they face are seemingly insurmountable, particularly for children so young.

The influx of these children into the U.S. is a humanitarian crisis that we can't ignore.

Once they arrive in the U.S., these children are temporarily taken into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.  After a few days, they are then transported to one of several hundred short-term transitional shelter programs across the United States which are run by social service organizations with expertise in caring for children in need.

Leake & Watts has recently opened one of these Basic Shelter and Transitional Foster Care Programs, known as our Passage of Hope (Camino de Esperanza) Program.  As a social service agency providing support to vulnerable children, adults and families for nearly 185 years, we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that these children receive the support they need and services that they deserve.

We are proud to support these children with short-term care and assistance, including a wide variety of case management, clinical, educational and therapeutic services, while working to link them with family members and/or other sponsors in the United States.  Our goal is to provide these vulnerable children with the support, nurturing and care that they need at a difficult time and to help them to move forward with their lives and thrive.