"Compassionate Shepherds" will partner with an Unaccompanied Child (UAC) to develop a relationship of trust, comfort, support, encouragement and spiritual guidance.
Many of these children have lived in poverty, suffered abuse, witnessed violence, and endured a traumatic journey alone. They are the embodiment of "the least of these". A Compassionate Shepherd has a blessed opportunity to comfort and encourage these children. We are so thankful that God has touched hearts with a desire to show them His love and mercy and we hope many will decide to serve in the role of a Compassionate Shepherd. Below is a list of expectations to help you make an informed decision.
Compassionate Shepherds will
Meet with the child at least every other month
Ask appropriate questions about the child's life in his/her home country
Ask appropriate questions about the child's journey to the United States
Ask appropriate questions about the child's circumstances and experiences in the United States
Understand that the child has been through a traumatic experience
Be patient if the child isn't comfortable sharing his/her story
Offer encouragement and support.
Offer to pray with the child and his/her guardian.
Complete a summary report of each meeting with the child for CIR and the appointed immigration attorney.
Accompany the child to his/her first immigration court hearing
Be reimbursed for their meals expense (up to $25.00) when accompanying the child to court
Compassionate Shepherds will not
Spend time alone with the child
Make promises or speculations about the outcome of the immigration court proceedings
Offer legal advice
Share personal opinions about immigration laws
Compassionate Shepherds may or may not
Speak Spanish (interpreters will be provided by CIR)
Become Financial Shepherds for their assigned child or another child
Accompany the child to their second and third immigration court hearings
We ask that you spend time in prayer and seek God's guidance in deciding whether or not to serve as an Compassionate Shepherd. Thank you and may God bless you in your journey.
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