Field Guidances
Home studies

What does ORR stand for? 



ORR Field Guidance #10

Expedited Release for Eligible Category 1 Cases. 

Expedited Sponsor Assessment

Modified FRA (sign page 7 sponsor attestation)

No third-party review

Copy or photos of documents allowed

DNA exam 


Field Guidance #20


ORR National Call Center Help Line 



How many family sessions are needed for CAT 3 Distant Relative and Unrelated sponsor? 

Distant Relative=1

Unrelated Sponsor=3


What does SIR stand for? 

Significant Incident Report 


Field Guidance #15

Release for Eligible Non-Siblings Closely Related Children to a Category 1 or CAT 2A

Expedited Release Procedures for Eligible CAT 1 Cases to apply to a related child for whom the same sponsor serves as a CAT 2 sponsor

CAT 2A background check requirements to apply to a related child for whom the same sponsor serves a CAT 2B sponsor


What does a home study consist of?

A home study consists of interviews, a home visit, and a written report containing the home study case worker’s findings. A home study assesses the potential sponsor’s ability to meet the child's needs, educates and prepares the sponsor for the child’s release, and builds on the sponsor assessment conducted by the care provider staff to verify or corroborate information gathered during that process. The home study is conducted as a collaborative psycho-educational process in which the home study case worker identifies areas where additional support, resources, or information are needed to ensure a successful sponsorship, and provides corresponding psycho-educational assistance. The final recommendation must present a comprehensive and detailed assessment of the sponsor’s ability to care for the needs of the child and address any additional information that emerges during the course of the home study regarding the sponsor, the sponsor’s household or the child.


Name one resource you can give the sponsor and UC during a 30 day follow up call.

ORR hotline 

Immigration hotline 


Sexual Harassment Hotline



List 5 Acceptable Forms of ID for Fieldprint Fingerprinting Appointment 

Acceptable Primary IDs • State-Issued Driver’s License • State-Issued Non-Driver Identity Card • U.S. Passport/Passport Card • Military Identification Card • Department of Defense Common Access Card • Work Visa with Photo • Global Entry Card • Native American Tribal ID Card • Permanent Resident Card (I-551) • Employment Authorization Card (I-766) • Foreign Passport • Foreign Driver’s License or similar foreign identification, such as: o Consular passport renewal receipt with photo o Foreign voter registration card with photo o Canadian border crossing card with photo o Mexican border crossing card with photo o Refugee travel document with photo Acceptable Secondary IDs • Bank Statement/Paycheck Stub • Utility Bill/Insurance Card • Credit/Debit Card • Marriage Certificate • Birth Certificate • School ID with photo • Social Security Card • Vehicle Registration/Title • Voter Registration Card • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Card • Draft Record • Transportation Worker ID Credential (TWIC Card) • Certificate of Citizenship • Certificate of Naturalizatio


What does FFS stand for?

Federal Field Specialist


Field Guidance #16

Clarification that the ISP and the UC case Review are generally not required for UC placed at Emergency Intake Sites


The TVPRA requires home studies under what following circumstances?

  1. The child is a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons;
  2. The child is a special needs child with a disability as defined by section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102);
  3. The child has been a victim of physical or sexual abuse under circumstances that indicate that the child’s health or welfare has been significantly harmed or threatened; or
  4. The child’s sponsor clearly presents a risk of abuse, maltreatment, exploitation or trafficking, to the child based on all available objective evidence.

What does the ORR hotline serve for? 

Address change 

School enrollment

Local Community Resources


List 5 acceptable forms of documents for proof of address

A current/unexpired lease • A mortgage statement dated within the last two months before submission of the Family Reunification Application (FRA); • A utility bill, addressed in the sponsor’s name and dated within the last two months before submission of the FRA; • A bank statement dated within the last two months before submission of the FRA; • A payroll check stub issued by an employer, dated within the last two months before submission of the FRA; • A valid unexpired State ID with your photograph and current address; • A piece of mail from a county, state, or federal agency (with the exception of ORR) with the sponsor’s name and residential address and dated within the last two months before submission of the FRA; • A notarized letter from a landlord confirming the sponsor’s address and containing the sponsor’s name, date they moved in, the number of bedrooms, and the expiration date of the lease (if applicable); and • Other similar documents reliably indicating that the sponsor resides at the claimed address, dated within the last two months before submission of the FRA. Examples include, but are not limited to, service bills mailed to the sponsor’s address on record such as cell phone bills, car insurance bills, and medical bills. If the potential sponsor is unable to submit any of the above documents, the case manager may send a letter to the potential sponsor’s address following these instructions.


What does CFS stand for? 

Contract Field Specialist


Field Guidance #11

Temporary Waivers of Background Check Requirements for CAT 2 Adult HHM and ACG 


Does ORR require a HS for a sponsor who is a non-relative sponsor who is seeking to sponsor multilpe children or has previously sponsored? 


ORR also requires a home study before releasing any child to a non-relative sponsor who is seeking to sponsor multiple children, or who has previously sponsored or sought to sponsor a child and is seeking to sponsor additional children. ORR requires a home study for children who are 12 years and under before releasing to a non-relative sponsor.


What is the Garza Notice for? 

Pregnant Unaccompanied Children  


How can a UC reported a grievance?

Townhall Meeting 

PSA Phone 



What does OTIP stand for? 

Office on Trafficking in Persons


Field Guidance #14

Under the following guidance, case managers will assist a Category 1 (non-expedited cases), Category 2A or Category 2B potential sponsor with completing the Family Reunification Application to decrease the time required to complete the application packet. This guidance does not modify the contents of the standard Family Reunification Application, and all fields are required to be completed for non-expedited Category 1 and Category 2A and 2B potential sponsors.

Completion of the Family Reunification Application

1. The Case Manager assisting the potential sponsor will fill out the standard Family Reunification Application. The responses to the application questions are completed during the sponsor interview.

2. The Case Manager will read the contents of the Sponsor Care Agreement to the sponsor in a language that the sponsor understands (using a language line if necessary) and ensure the sponsor agrees to those conditions of release.

3. The Case Manager will read the attestation regarding perjury to the sponsor on page 7 of the Family Reunification Application in a language that the sponsor understands (using a language line if necessary) and explain to the sponsor that their signature is required before the child may be released into their custody. For example, it is acceptable for the sponsor to take a legible photo of page 7, after signing, and send it to the Case Manager via email or text message if they do not have access to a scanner.

4. The Case Manager will then mail or email the Family Reunification Packet documents to the sponsor with a reminder to return a signed copy of page 7 as soon as possible.

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5. After the potential sponsors submits photo evidence of the signed page 7, the Case Manager will upload the application, including the signed copy page 7, into the ORR Case Management database. Any discrepancies can be reconciled after the release.


Different types of Home Studies?



ORR Mandated


What are the criteria to transfer UC under the Flores Settlement?

Language Barrier

UC is pregnant

UC is a parent

Any conditions recognized under ADA


ORR refers for post-release services for which cases? 

  • The child received a home study (See Section 2.4.2 Home Study Requirement), or
  • The child was released to a non-relative sponsor, or
  • The release was determined to be safe and appropriate but the unaccompanied alien child and sponsor would benefit from ongoing assistance from a community-based service provider.
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