Md. has new tools aiding immigrant youth

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials have announced three initiatives aimed at helping families who are sponsoring unaccompanied immigrant youth who have fled violence in Central America.

One of the initiatives announced Wednesday is a website www.buscandomaryland.com that enables people to find resources in their area and provides service organizations a way to offer assistance.

The second is a 211 phone number people can call for help that includes English and Spanish speakers.

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration also announced that a printed guide has been produced with information about major service providers across the state.

More than 2,800 children have been placed with sponsor families in Maryland by the federal government as they await legal proceedings.

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