SEPARATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN FROM THEIR PRIMARY CAREGIVERS
Optimal development and learning for children depends on a strong foundation of positive emotional and social experience, starting from birth through childhood and on through adolescence. Strong emotional and social development occurs within the context of nurturing, stable, and responsive caregiving relationships - relationships where a child’s physical and emotional needs are recognized and tended to in a caring and consistent manner. While parenting styles vary by culture and children’s needs vary by temperament, all children thrive when a caregiver provides consistent loving and responsive care in a predictable and stable manner.
The stark situation of family separations at the border raises great alarm and places tremendous distress on this vulnerable, impressionable young population. Children exposed to these traumatic circumstances – of instability, loss, lack of nurturing, tremendous uncertainty - are likely to experience fear, stress, loneliness, abandonment and grief. Prolonged states of these emotions can result in an array of devastating consequences, including grief, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional dysregulation, aggression, attachment disruptions, and cognitive disturbances. The younger the child experiencing such a disruption of a caregiving relationship, the more destructive and long-lasting the consequences are likely to be. As public understanding of the ACE study mounts, we cannot underestimate the potentially damaging impact of separating children, from infancy through adolescence, from their parents. Given that these children have probably already experienced traumatic events prior to migration, their recovery and resiliency requires the constancy of a warm, nurturing and emotionally safe and loving parent to mitigate the fear of a terrifying, unfamiliar and unpredictable situation.
Resources on supporting children
during times of tragedy
North River community safety survey
The survey is available in: English, Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Gujarati, and Arabic
Puerto Rico Disaster Relief
Hurricane Relief Update:
The Puerto Rican Agenda is no longer collecting material supplies. To learn more about their strategy and donate to their relief project, please see visit The Puerto Rican Agenda's website.
Thank you for your support.
Resources on Recovering from the Traumatic Effects of Natural Disasters
Available in English and Spanish
The following are NCTSN resources on recovering from the traumatic effects of hurricanes and earthquakes.
We encourage everyone to take care of themselves as they take care of others.
The Kedzie Center is offering to co-facilitate groups for DACA students and/or their families who wish to talk about their feelings of loss, grief, anger, frustration and anxiety/stress related to the possible termination of DACA. Please contact us at 773-754-0577 if you would be interested in arranging this service at your site. We welcome the opportunity to support DACA students in our community.
A Toolkit For DACA Students:
DACA Renewal Scholarships