LATINO IMMIGRANT FAMILIES’ SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORKS: STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS DURING A TIME OF STRINGENT IMMIGRATION LEGISlATION AND ECONOMIC INSECURITY

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  • The research team would like to thank the participants for sharing their experiences and making this research possible. We would also like to thank Paloma Delgado for her support on the project as a research assistant.

  • This research was funded by the Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program.

Please address correspondence to: Cecilia Ayón School of Social Work, Arizona State University, 411 N. Central Ave. Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689. E-mail: cecilia.ayon@asu.edu

Abstract

Focus group data (N = 52) was used to examine the sources of support available to Latino immigrant families within their social network, the role support agents play, and families’ access to formal sources of advocacy within a context of anti-immigration legislation and economic precariousness. Results indicate that Latinos rely heavily on their family, friends, neighbors, and community entities for emotional, moral, instrumental, and financial support. Families are in need of formal sources of advocacy, particularly in regards to their experiences as immigrants and documentation status. Service providers have the potential to play a vital role in filling the gaps present in Latino immigrant families’ social network and linking families to much needed services and resources.

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