Interventions Supporting Separated Migrant Children

August 1, 2019

Written By: Dr. Sandra Donnay

Contributors: Drs. Rashmi Gangamma, Richard Lee, Kelli Hughes, Cagla Giray & Taylor Scott

Research-to-Policy Collaboration, Penn State University Edna Bennett Prevention Research Center | Syracuse University | University of Minnesota | American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Center for Child Policy

  • The number of migrant children separated from their families have been increasing since summer 2017.
  • Multiple organizations responded to this issue by summarizing the empirical evidence on the adverse psychological and physical health consequences of trauma anticipated from forced family separation, detention, feared deportation and acclimation.
  • Organizations also issued guidelines on clinical interventions to support separated migrant children and their families, as well as suggestions on cost effective and humane alternatives to detention.


Summary of Trauma-Based Interventions



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