Working With Latino Immigrant Families in Schools
- Eden Hernandez Robles, Eden Hernandez RoblesThe University of Texas
- Crissy A. JohnsonCrissy A. JohnsonThe University of Texas at El Paso
- and Joel Hernandez RoblesJoel Hernandez RoblesThe University of Texas
Latino immigrant families and their students come with unique cultural and linguistic needs. Working effectively with Latino immigrants in schools is a challenge for social workers. Latino immigrant families represent a variety of racial, ethnic, historical, immigrant, gender, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds. While scholars are able to identify aspects of culture and cultural values, their influence on education and how to integrate these values into intervention and prevention programs, or direct services, is still in need of further research. This article offers a portrait of the Latino immigrant population in the United States, discusses the definitions associated with the population, provides some considerations for social workers, and discusses interventions or preventions specific to Latino immigrant students that also include families.