Monday, July 31, 2017

IT'S HERE! Raising Teens in a New Country Handbook!

Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family, was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S., and for the service providers working with them. 
The teen years are a time when children learn important lessons and skills that will help them as they develop into adults. This is also a time when parents' and teens' relationships can change. This can be exciting and scary for both parents and teens. It can be especially challenging for families who are also adjusting to being in a new country. This guide covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the United States and reminds newcomers that every parent worries for their children and most teens face these challenges.

Topics are divided into sections with separate information for parents and for teens, they include: 
  • Cultural Identity
  • Discipline
  • Friends
  • Discrimination & Bullying
  • Self-Esteem & Body Image
  • Dating & Relationships
  • School Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Online & Cyber Safety
  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
  • Driving
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Living Skills
We hope parents and their teens will read the book together and then talk about the topics and issues—sharing their opinions and asking each other questions.
At this time, the guide is only available online, but we hope to have hard copies available for order soon. Also, stay tuned for new translations and an adapted interactive online learning module!
This booklet is the 3rd in a series:

If your family has struggled with these issues, you are not alone. Every parent worries for their children and most teens face these issues!


  1. Hello! When will this be available?

    1. We expect this to be available by the end of November! An annoucement will be sent over our listserv. If you aren't signed up, you can sign up here:

  2. thanks so much! this is great! any chance that it's available in spanish?

  3. we are glad you find this guide useful! No translations currently but stay tuned!