- Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta signs agreement to strengthen child protection networks
- The agreement will strengthen the avenues of cooperation in the family reunification process
- Likewise, it will expand communication channels and collaboration regarding joint activities.
The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta and the Georgia Division of Children and Family Services (DFCS) signed an agreement to strengthen child protection networks mexicans in custody of said agency in Georgia.
“There are hundreds of families of Mexican origin who have custody problems that sometimes due to mistakes made by parents regarding their legal situation in the United States, they can be separated from their children and then the children fall into the hands of the social services authorities like the DFCS and in this context, we intervene to ensure that his reunification with his family here in the United States or with his family in Mexico is first explored, ”said the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Javier Díaz de León.
The agreement will strengthen cooperation channels in the family reunification process
For his part, Tom C. Rawlings, director of the DFCS, said that with the signing of this agreement they hope to be able to collaborate with cases of protection of custody of children. “Sometimes these are children born here in the United States and their parents fall in deportation problems and they cannot protect their children, so it is our duty and our opportunity to provide services to those children and put them with a grandmother, a relative or in some cases reunify them with their parents in Mexico ”, he added.
Likewise, Rawlings said that with this agreement the relationship and collaboration of the DFCS with the Consulate General of Mexico is being improved and strengthened and will strengthen the channels of cooperation in the family reunification process, in addition to expanding communication channels and collaboration with respect to to joint activities.
What is the agreement for the protection of minors?
According to the consul general, this document is a renewal of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with which they seek to improve care and results in child custody and welfare cases.
Signed during a ceremony at the offices of the Consulate General, located in DeKalb County, this MOU represents the strong spirit of cooperation through which it seeks to serve Mexican and Mexican American children who are in the custody of DFCS and promote safe treatment and culturally appropriate towards minors while ensuring their emotional well-being and minimizing the trauma they may suffer during the resolution of their cases.
Commitment to supporting children of Mexican origin
“The Consulate is pleased to continue its working relationship with DFCS and the Georgia Department of Human Services. We are committed to supporting children of Mexican origin in their family case processes and ensuring that the best interests of these children are placed at the forefront of decision-making, ”said Díaz de León.
He also expressed that the renewal of these agreements will allow this alliance to continue growing, which, in turn, will translate into better case management and better results for many families.
Links of minors with relatives in Mexico and the United States
Specific areas of cooperation include helping to link minors with their relatives in Mexico and the United States, obtaining government documentation such as birth certificates and medical records, and ensuring the safe return of Mexican minors when appropriate.
This MOU also describes areas of proactive collaboration such as joint community outreach activities, ongoing communication between the two agencies, and training from DFCS and consular staff on the services each agency provides.
For his part, DFCS Division Director Tom Rawlings stated that the mission of DFCS is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of each child in its care and that the friendship and support of the consulate are incredibly important in this regard.
“They help us better understand our diverse communities and help us establish links with our child welfare agency counterparts in Mexico. Together, we ensure that all children served by the division are treated with respect, in a timely manner, and in a way that makes them feel safe. We are proud of this association and we thank Consul General Díaz for his leadership, ”said Rawlings.
About the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS)
The Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) administers foster care for children who are removed from their homes for protection when they have been subjected to abuse and neglect.
He is responsible for investigating reports of child abuse; recruitment of foster homes for abused and neglected children; issuance of SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, and child care assistance for low-income families; assistance for unemployed parents to help them recover, as well as multiple services and support programs to help families in need.
About the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta
The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta is in charge of providing services and assistance to Mexican citizens living in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Documentation, Protection and Legal Assistance and Community Participation are the three pillars of consular services that are provided to the Mexican community.
The promotion of commerce, tourism and the cultural heritage of Mexico in the region are also among the priority tasks of the consulate.
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