This tip sheet discusses steps detained and deported parents can take to protect their children and maintain their parental rights. Parents are urged to: ask for help, tell ICE you have children, try to get released, ask for prosecutorial discretion, get a lawyer, consider giving a relative or friend formal permission to serve as a caregiver, make sure the child welfare system knows where you are detained and how to contact you, contact your home country's consulate, stay in touch with your children, participated in the child welfare reunification plan, participate in all family court hearings, make sure the caregiver has originals of important paperwork, coordinate care or travel for your children, and continue to participate in the child welfare and family court process after deportation.
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Detained or Deported? Short Guide to Maintaining Custody of Your Children.
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