The migrant children currently being housed at the Pennsylvania International Academy will soon be moved.
According to the Administration for Children and Families, the Department of Health and Human Services announcing the unaccompanied minors will be transferred to Office of Refugee Resettlement state-licensed facilities, where beds will be available or unified with an appropriate sponsor, usually with a parent or relative, while their immigration cases proceed.
There has been no date for the move provided as of yet.
The donation drop off organized from First Assembly of God has been called off.
If you have already bought something, the church will have people accepting donations in their parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The donations will be given to groups helping children in the Erie area.
Here is a complete statement from the Administration for Children and Families and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working diligently with its interagency partners to ensure that unaccompanied migrant children are unified with family members or other suitable sponsors in the U.S. as quickly and safely as possible.
Today, HHS announced that the 144 children in HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) care at the Emergency Intake Site (EIS) for Unaccompanied Children at the Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) in Erie, Pennsylvania, will be transferred to ORR state-licensed facilities where beds are available or unified with an appropriate sponsor, usually a parent or relative, while their immigration cases proceed.
The PIA EIS was intended for use as a temporary measure. ORR will continue working with the transferred children to unify them with a sponsor.
HHS greatly appreciates the warm welcome and all the support shown by the community, Erie and state elected officials, the PIA staff, and the many faith-based and community organizations and individuals of the neighboring areas and those who provided care to the children.
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