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.
The Berks County Residential Center has a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse/assault. Any suspected, observed or reported sexual activity must be reported immediately to the onsite Supervisor for further action.
Residential Center- 1-610-396-0310
Bern Township Police Department- 1-610-926-2267
ChildLine (Involving minors)- 1-800-932-0313
Department of Homeland Security-Joint Intake Center (Involving Homeland Security Staff/Contracted Employees)-
Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Enforcement and Removal Office- Detention Reporting and Information-
It is the policy of the Berks County Residential Center
(BCRC) to adhere to a standard of zero tolerance for sexual abuse and assault
of residents and staff. All staff, contractors and volunteers shall report all
suspicions, incidents and allegations of
sexual abuse and assault in accordance with applicable laws, the current ICE
Residential Standard on Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention
(SAAPI) and the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. It is the policy of the Berks
County Residential Center (BCRC) to file a reportable incident report for any
child under our care for any incident that is set forth by the Pennsylvania
Department of Public Welfare regulations. Any violations of this policy may
result in termination.