Health Forward Foundation

Blog Posts By: Sarah Cirese-Payton, LMSW

Agency helps refugee children adjust to new life

June 15, 2016

Refugee families and their children can have a difficult time adjusting to life in Kansas City. They have to learn to speak English, adjust to a very different environment, learn new cultural norms, and make new friends. For youth, this often leaves them caught between the traditional ways of their parents and the modern, American […]

JVS program helps refugees learn to navigate health care system

June 14, 2016

JVS helps resettle approximately 450-500 refugees to Kansas City annually. Refugees are legally allowed to enter the U.S. for permanent resettlement after proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion in their country of origin. Financial assistance from the U.S. […]


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