South Bay Catholic Charities Working to Help Unaccompanied Minors From Central America

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    Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is working to help children arriving at the border from Central America. Jean Elle reports.

    Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is working to help children arriving at the border from Central America.

    Officials with the non-profit organization are preparing to submit a proposal to the federal government, which includes a request for 50 children in detention to be sent to Santa Clara County while their cases wind through immigration court. The group also is looking for new foster parents.

    "For the children to come here the Office of Refuge Resettlement has to approve them and it will pay for that so it won't impact local foster care system," said Greg Kepferie of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

    While Catholic Charities lines up homes, some Bay Area school district are preparing for unaccompanied immigrant children to arrive in the classroom.

    The San Francisco Unified School District is hiring additional teachers to handle a surge in its Newcomers Pathway Program. The Oakland Unified School District said there are 350 immigrant children enrolled in its schools, with more than 100 of the students without a parent.

    Oakland school officials are using private and grant funds to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

    Meanwhile, Catholic Charities said resources are beginning to line up.

    "We have a lot of people calling to say we want to help," Kepferie said.