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Patient Materials: Family Preparedness

In the event that a family member is detained or deported, families need to have a plan and key information to protect themselves and help their detained loved one.


Many questions arise, such as, "What documents do I need to keep? Who will take care of my child(ren)? Who can I authorize to take my child to the doctor?" These sample Family Preparedness/Emergency Toolkits will allow caregivers and their children to temper fears and anxiety by having a safety plan - regardless of emergency situation.

Note that these Family Preparedness Toolkits are best completed with a Patient Advocate or other health staff/volunteer who can take as much time as needed for navigation. 

Family Emergency Preparedness Toolkits

San Francisco Immigrant & Legal Education Network (SFILEN)

2017 Emergency Toolkit

Chinese I English I Spanish I Tagalog

Includes Family Planning Worksheet as well as information about immigration status and know your rights tips.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)

Family Preparedness Plan

Chinese I English I Spanish

Flyer with easy to follow instructions about how to use the red card.

Essential Documents

Legal Services For Children

Caregiver Authorization Affidavit

English  I  Spanish

In California, a Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit allows a parent to give another caregiver the right to care for the child should the parent be unable to continue care. This includes the right to sign for school enrollment and health care services. This does NOT provide legal guardianship. 

Family Preparedness Tools

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