Thousands of children have been caught trying to illegally cross the south-western American border after migrating from across Central America.

According to the US Department of Homeland Security, 69,250 unaccompanied children were apprehended in fiscal year 2016. President Barack Obama called the issue a “humanitarian crisis.” Unfortunately, these children face abuse, neglect and human and sex trafficking in their home countries. Young migrants are usually detained and held by Border Patrol officials and then sent to a shelter.

St. PJ’s is licensed as a short-term emergency shelter providing services for up to 82 international children and youth ages 6 to 17. International children who reside at St. PJ’s have an average stay of 46 days.

St. PJ’s also provides temporary foster care homes for international children ages 5 to 12 years old. The average length of stay with a foster family is 51 days