Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation

In a joint publication from Child Trends and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, Jessica Dym Bartlett, MSW, PhD and Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, PhD offer research based support for families experiencing trauma due to separation.

“Parents, educators, mental health providers, and other adults who come into contact with immigrant families separated through border detention or deportation can provide effective care by understanding and responding to children’s age-related needs and reactions to trauma. For example, adults can help very young children by maintaining regular feeding, eating, and sleeping routines; showing physical affection; and showing patience if the child cries excessively, regresses, develops severe separation anxiety, or exhibits difficulty with self-regulation—all natural responses to early childhood trauma. Most importantly, adults can buffer young children from the adverse effects of this trauma by providing consistent, sensitive care that is responsive to their emotional and physical needs.”

Read more at Child Trends here.

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