About Department

The Berks County Residential Center currently operates the Family Residential Program through a inter-governmental service agreement with the Juvenile and Family Residential Management Unit.

Goals & Objectives
The goals and objectives are to continue to meet the requirements set forth in the ICE Family Residential Standards as well as DPW’s residential care guidelines governing the Berks County Residential Center’s operation, while striving to design programs to meet the needs of the residents in the program.

Key public Service Areas  -  Provide necessary and appropriate residential services to eligible immigration families. Routine medical and dental care is provided on-site, and vaccinations are provided to children. Recreational activities and special events are planned according to the diverse cultures represented. Adult classes are available in parenting, English as a second language, vocational skills, and arts and crafts.

Scope of Operations - To provide a Family Residential Program for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Berks County Residential Center provides for the care and custody of non-violent, non-criminal alien families in a residential setting pending the outcome of their immigration proceedings. Berks County became the first facility in the United States, and continues to be the only facility in the Country to house families and children together while undergoing immigration proceedings.
  
Critical Objectives  -  The Berks County Residential Center provides an avenue for the residents to maintain family unity while Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces immigration laws. Preliminary Performance Highlights U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has operated the Berks County Residential Center, Family Program since 2001, in order to accommodate alien families in custody. This facility was designed for non-violent, non-criminal families who have been placed into administrative immigration proceedings. The facility provides an effective humane alternative for alien families to maintain family unity as they await the outcome of their immigration hearings or return to their home countries.