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Kira a six year old refugee from the Ukraine.

Olesia and Kira’s Story: Our Whole Life Packed Up

Olesia came to the United States with nothing but a small bag and her six-year-old daughter, Kira, in tow.

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Olesia and Kira's Story

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Sharing the stories of immigrants and former refugees in their own words.

Every person has a story. We invite you to learn from the resilient people who have shared theirs with us.

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Children and Family Services

March 22, 2024

Juan’s Story: The Journey Home

Through compassionate individualized support, the Global Refuge Camino A Casa program helps Central American youth achieve their goals and build a brighter future at home.

Children and Family Services · Foster Care

September 6, 2023

Juanita’s Story: Fostering Love

Juanita was only 11 when she arrived in the United States from Guatemala. She spent several years transitioning between temporary homes before being placed with her foster family in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Children and Family Services

August 25, 2023

Ana’s Story: Empowering Children to Thrive

Having worked in child welfare for 5 years, I am committed to helping vulnerable children in the Global Refuge Family Reunification network thrive.

Children and Family Services

August 29, 2022

Ginny’s Story: A Shining Light

For over eight years, I’ve worked to serve unaccompanied kids and families at LIRS. And in that time, the road that our families have had to walk has never been easy.

Children and Family Services · Foster Care

December 23, 2021

Carlos’ Story: Learning How to Be a Dad

Carlos migrated from Cuba to the United States with his family when he was not much older than the boy in the photo and has always been fiercely proud of his immigrant identity.

Children and Family Services · Foster Care

October 26, 2021

James and Korey’s Story: A Home for the Holidays

James and Korey had been waiting for months to receive their first foster care placement when they got the call—just after midnight on Christmas Day.