• Press Release
  • June 22, 2018

Children's Hospitals: Separating Children from Their Parents Damages Their Health

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Washington, D.C. — Children’s hospitals across the country are dedicated to the health and well-being of children. A child’s well-being and healthy development is rooted in early childhood and the family, particularly the relationship between the parent and child. Forcible separation of immigrant children from their families has a harmful effect on the child’s long-term health. Decades of studies provide sound evidence of the detrimental impact traumatic stress and adverse childhood events have on a child’s well-being, and these negative consequences carry into their adult lives.

On behalf of our nation’s children’s hospitals, Children’s Hospital Association supports an end to the practice of separating children from their parents and reunification of families who have been affected. We encourage policymakers to swiftly address this situation and prioritize children’s health.

Contact: Gina Drioane

About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.