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Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation

As millions of immigrant families face fear and uncertainty, Appleseed is updating its 2012 manual, “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation.”

This one-of-a-kind resource is designed for immigrants and those who work with them; the host of attorneys, nurses, social workers, religious workers who are stepping up in challenging times. Appleseed’s Manual will help families develop plans in advance to deal with critical financial and family issues in the event of deportation, arrest and other family emergencies.

Appleseed’s special webpage that includes chapters from their “deportation manual”.   Learn more here>

What It’s Worth

Americans everywhere struggle to build strong financial futures for themselves and their families. The new book, What It’s Worth, provides a roadmap for what families, communities and our nation can do to move forward on the path to financial well-being.

Explore the Book – Get eBook & Printed Copies Free – Learn more>

FTC Workshop:  Changing Demographics, evolving conversations

by Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

The Federal Trade Commission recently held “The Changing Consumer Demographics” workshop to examine demographic shifts.As the U.S. population ages and gets more diverse, consumer protection strategies must evolve to make sure we’re protecting all communities. Workshop participants, including expert demographers and leaders in marketing, consumer advocacy, and law enforcement, discussed what the population will look like in the future – and what that means for consumer protection.

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The Pew Charitable Trust – Immigration & States Project

Pew’s work examines the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies and the potential impact on all levels of government. Learn more>

•  Mapping Public Benefits for Immigrants in the States
•  Immigration and Legalization
•  US Immigration: National and State Trends and Actions Overview
•  Quiz: Immigrants and the States

Credit Builders Alliance

CBA’s Credit Builder Tool Kit is the non-profit practitioner’s go-to source for credit building information, resources, and tools. The Tool Kit offers actionable resources on a wide variety of credit building topics including credit builder loan programs, reading and interpreting credit reports and scores, credit coaching, secured credit card programs, and credit building outcome tracking. The development and honing of Tool Kit materials has been driven and informed by CBA’s years of experience providing technical assistance, training, and support to hundreds of diverse nonprofit credit building organizations.  Learn more>

Your Money, Your Goals:
A Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created, Your Money, Your Goals, a toolkit that social services organizations can use to help their clients choose financial products and build skills in managing money, credit, and debt.  Social services staff can use the toolkit to help clients  dealing with debt and includes tools for:

  • Understanding secured and unsecured debt
  • How much debt is too much?
  • Avoiding debt traps
  • Debt collection
  • Debt management and reduction worksheets
  • Student loan repayment
  • Responding to debt collectors

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Help prevent scams aimed at seniors!

The financial education non-profit CENTS has created Senior Money , which is an instructional DVD, companion website, and in-person presentations to teach senior citizens how to spot and avoid all the scams aimed at them.  The video, which features Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has three 35 minute sections: 1) reverse mortgages, 2) scams, and 3) identity theft and estate planning.   Please contact Tony Leahy at or 206-267-7017 if you would like a free DVD or in-person presentation at your facility.  The website has the video and additional resources (

CFED (The Corporation for Enterprise Development)

CFED a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve the American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the future. As a leading source for data about household financial security and policy solutions, CFED understands what families need to succeed. They promote programs on the ground and invest in social enterprises that create pathways to financial security and opportunity for millions of people. Learn more>

CFED created a Behavioral Economics repository for practitioners to learn more about behavioral economics in the asset-building field and are testing new strategies to promote further innovation in program delivery and effectiveness.  Learn more>

CFED created the Household Financial Security Framework to illustrate – from a household’s perspective – what it really takes to build financial security over time.  Learn more>

Washington State Assets & Opportunity SCORECARD

Did you know?  If Washington improved to the performance of the best state, there would be: 181,651 fewer underbanked households.  Learn more>

Join the Assets & Opportunity Network

The Assets & Opportunity Network is a national movement-oriented group of advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and others nationwide working to expand the reach and deepen the impact of asset-based strategies. Network members are on the frontlines of state and local policy advocacy, coalition-building and service delivery.  Join here>

AssetPlatform is a resource for staff at nonprofit organizations and agencies that provide financial education, coaching, asset development and other support services. delivers high quality information, training, and financial products and services to your desktop, allowing you to more effectively serve your community. Resources include Budgeting, Savings, Debt, Credit Score, Insurance/Safety Net and Organizational Resources.  Registration is required.  Register here>

Does your client have a complaint about a financial services provider of credit cards, student loans, mortgages, etc.?  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to hear from you!  Submit a complaint online or by phone at (855) 411-2372.