¡Adelante! Immigration Program

Serving, Empowering, Informing Immigrant Families in the U.S.

¡Adelante! Immigrant Family Program

Serving, Empowering, Informing Immigrants in the U.S.

Orange County, California

Latina Republic is a nonprofit organization focused on family empowerment in southern California’s Orange County. We are located in a diverse region of the United States marked by high cost of living and housing, a large Hispanic and foreign-born population, a high number of youths under 18, a language other than English spoken at home, and numerous families living without health insurance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Orange County’s total population as of July 2019 is 3,175,692, out of which 34.2% is Hispanic and 10.5% of the total population lives in poverty. Per capita income is $39,590; 22% are under 18 and 30% are foreign born persons. In Orange County, 45% of residents speak a language other than English and 8% are without health insurance.

Orange County is the 6th most populous county in the country and it is also home to the 4th largest foreign-born population. Orange County’s foreign-born population of 980,532 accounts for 2.2% of the total foreign-born population nationally and 9.1% of California’s total foreign-born population. Currently, 14.1% of the total population in the United States is foreign born. In California, this percentage is 28.2%, double the national average. In Orange County, 31.5% of the total population is foreign born.

Orange County’s foreign-born population originates from at least 149 different countries and territories. The top five countries of origin are Mexico (36.9% of Orange County’s foreign-born population), Vietnam (14.6%), Korea (7.0%), the Philippines (5.7%), and India (3.2%). Orange County’s immigrant communities come from every region of the world. Asia accounts for 45.2% of Orange County’s foreign born population and Latin America accounts for 44.8% of Orange County’s foreign-born population. Otherwise put, 9 out of every 10 foreign-born persons who live in Orange County are from Asia or Latin America.

Family Resource Specialist Internships

We partner with universities to provide service-learning opportunities connecting university students with the local community. We design active and participatory opportunities where service, research, mentoring, and reflection combine to provide experiences that improve cross-cultural communication for underserved populations in Southern California.

Family Resource Specialists choose from a variety of topics, including education, literacy, parent and family engagement, parenting, health care, self-sufficiency, healthy relations, communication, economic empowerment, immigrant integration, civic engagement and cultural appreciation to research, design and deliver bilingual presentations vital to the community’s health.

The Specialists design community assessments, engage in outreach, network and form partnership with local organization to create allyships for change. Through these activities, students develop a deeper understanding of the Latinx community and apply prior and new knowledge to help support the needs of the local community.

Fatherhood Project

Through its Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, Latina Republic seeks to empower Southern California fathers to improve relationships with spouses, significant others, their children and to reach self-reliance.

We believe that integrated and empowered immigrant communities build stronger families and economies.

Responsible Fatherhood Program

Mission Viejo, CALatina Republic is helping fathers develop a set of behaviors that will help them become the best fathers possible through the National Fatherhood Initiative’s® (NFI) 24/7 Dad® Key Behaviors Workshop.

Latina Republic facilitates virtual workshops to help dads learn and apply the 12 key behaviors of a 24/7 Dad. The behaviors are associated with the five characteristics—or traits—of the 24/7 Dad (as identified in NFI’s evidence-based 24/7 Dad® Curriculum). Those traits are: Self-Awareness, Caring for Self, Fathering Skills, Parenting Skills, and Relationship Skills.

“NFI is excited about Latina Republic’s efforts to help fathers learn how to practice important behaviors of an involved, responsible and committed father through the 24/7 Dad® Key Behaviors Workshop,” said Christopher Brown, President of NFI. “Research shows that a major barrier to father involvement is a lack of skills in dads, many of whom grew up without fathers in their lives. At a time when nearly 20 million children in the U.S.—more than 1 in 4—live in father-absent homes, Latina Republic should be applauded for its efforts to help dads get involved.”

Latina Republic educates on the consequences of father absence, the positive impact of involved fathers on children, and the importance of promoting involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. We highlight unique and irreplaceable contributions that fathers make in the lives of their children, and support men to be good and responsible fathers.

The virtual workshops are bilingual in Spanish and English. The schedules are flexible.

To book a virtual workshop please email [email protected]

Immigration Resources

Latina Republic designs and delivers bilingual presentations and workshops to empower immigrant families across vital issues of importance across communities in the U.S. Due to the pandemic, our bilingual presentations and workshops are available virtually, open to all immigrant communities who would like information on the benefits of:

Adult Education
– Benefits of Adult Education

Immigrant Rights
– At Risk of Deportation
– Know Your Rights
– Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.
– Mexican Institutes in the U.S.
– Public Charge – Does it Apply to Me?
– Solicitantes de Asilo

Launching a Business
– How to Launch Your Business: Video
– How to Launch Your Business: Worksheet
– Licensing – Food OC
– Mexico – U.S. Business

Path to Citizenship
– Road to American Citizenship
– Camino a la Ciudadania Americana

Responsible Fatherhood
– Responsible Fatherhood Press Release

To book a virtual workshop please email [email protected]

We are in the process of creating more bilingual resources. Stay Tuned.