Terra Firma is designed to address the complex medical, mental health, and legal needs of unaccompanied immigrant children and their sponsors. The program is located in a Federally Qualified Health Center, the Center for Child Health and Resiliency, in the South Bronx and affiliated with the Montefiore Health System. Terra Firma seeks to empower children and families to enhance resiliency, attain stability and reach their full potential through direct services. The need for post-release services is significant and plays a tremendous factor in winning legal status, staying in school, preventing high-risk behaviors and even becoming homeless.
Terra Firma connects newly arrived and extremely vulnerable children with their first medical home. Children have access to a comprehensive pediatric primary care, with a specialization in immigrant healthcare, and access to specialists through provided referrals. Children under the age of 18 are eligible to get health insurance. Those over the age of 18, including sponsors, can get access to free or lower cost healthcare through a sliding scale fee, based on family income.
Our providers put considerable effort in trying to educate our communities, professionals, and government officials about the complex needs of unaccompanied immigrant children.Mental and Medical providers contribute to the legal aid process by providing written affidavits for cases in which more evidence is needed.
Mental Health Services
Along with our physicians and legal aid professionals, our mental health providers also deliver individual and group mental health services. Many of the children in this population have sustained trauma in their home-country and en route to the United States. The need for mental health services plays a significant role in meeting the emotional demands of migration and loss, reuniting with family, and acculturative stress.
Terra Firma also provides case management and enrichment services which include English Language Learners (ELL) classes, soccer league, zumba, photography, college preparation workshops, and many fun and educational field trips.