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The department is charged with the care of children who arrived to the US unaccompanied until they can be placed in the care of a sponsor, such as a parent or relative. There are 201 unaccompanied Afghan minors in HHS care, according to the department.
HHS established more than a dozen so-called emergency intake sites earlier this year to care for the record number of migrant children who crossed the US-Mexico border, many of which have closed since the number of unaccompanied minors has dropped. But one of those sites, the Starr Commonwealth campus in Albion, Michigan, remains open and will now provide care specifically for Afghan minors, an HHS spokesperson said.
There are 63 unaccompanied Afghan minors currently at the site. The children will be at the site until they’re reunited with a sponsor, such as a family member, in the United States.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency within HHS, operates a network of more than 200 facilities and programs nationwide. As of October 12, there were 11,464 children in HHS care, many of whom were apprehended on the US-Mexico border.
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