Supporting the Unaccompanied Children Program

Are you a federal employee interested in helping with one of ACF’s most pressing challenges — the Unaccompanied Children Program?

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) seeks current federal government civilian employees for up to 120-day details to support ORR at facilities for unaccompanied children. This is a unique opportunity for you to support the Unaccompanied Children Program. Your actions will directly and positively impact the American public and help the federal response efforts at the national level. As long as these children are here in this country and under the laws of this country, we are going to take charge and provide these children with the security and health they need.

ORR’s Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program provides a safe and appropriate environment to children and youth who enter the United States without immigration status and without a parent or legal guardian who can provide for their physical and mental well-being. They provide a continuum of care for children, including placements in emergency intake sites, influx care facilities, ORR foster care and funding residential care providers that provide state-licensed, temporary housing and other services to unaccompanied children in ORR custody.


  • Commitment: Full time Detail (on location only — currently, this is not a remote detail)
  • Length: Up to 120 Days
  • Location: Facilities along the Southwest U.S. border area. Locations will extend to other geographic areas according to the need.
  • Pay: Details are reimbursable. 
  • Travel: Travel, lodging and per diem will be provided by ORR.

What Will Detailees Be Asked to Do?

ORR seeks Field Program Specialists who will work in one of two capacities: Youth Care Workers and Case Management.  Below, please find a description of the kinds of responsibilities each of these roles performs and generally the kinds of responsibilities these positions will fulfill. 

Responsibilities may include:

    Youth Care Workers

    • Observes and oversees all physical facilities to ensure safety of all children and staff at all times.
    • Liaises with maintenance or other relevant personnel in the event of any suspected or confirmed safety issues.
    • Maintains physical integrity of sites at all times.
    • Monitors the direct care and safety of all staff and detailees at all times.
    • Monitors the maintenance of proper health standards at each facility including, but not limited to, those taken in accordance with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Liaises with other federal staff and agencies as appropriate to ensure the administration of all physical facilities.
    • Jobs this role is being used to perform may include: hallway monitors, administrative support, and escorts for children to and from areas.

    Case Management Workers

    • Interview unaccompanied children in CBP custody and collect contact information for parents in home country and family members in the US.
    • Efficiently collect and provide information to ORR to enable the National Call Center to begin contacting parents and family members to expedite children’s discharge to a US family member sponsor.
    • Assist CBP and ORR in identifying children requiring prioritization for placement based on vulnerable category or time in CBP custody.
    • Preferred Spanish proficiency as well as those familiar with indigenous dialects spoken in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and/or El Salvador.

    How to Apply

    For Non-HHS Federal Employees

    OPM has partnered with HHS to support the Administration’s urgent efforts to care for and place unaccompanied children who have entered the United States via the southern border. OPM has posted the detail opportunity on USAJobs Visit disclaimer page to open a path for federal employees from other federal agencies to apply for potential volunteer detail opportunities in support of the Unaccompanied Children Program effort. The opportunity is also posted as a USAJOBS event.

    For HHS Employees

    HHS staff should continue to submit application packages (resume and/or curriculum vitae and completed Detail Supervisor Information Form Visit disclaimer page to

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