According to the Department of Homeland Security, over 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families since May. Colleen Kraft, MD, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is calling the current administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy a form of child abuse.
Children undergo a traumatic process that not only includes leaving their country but being separated from their caregivers. Children who experience trauma are at a higher risk of developing a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and addiction.
Learn more about the consequences of separating children from their parents on Psychology Today.