Family Separation Can Cause Permanent Health Problems

Find out how separation can impact health.

Family Separation Can Cause Permanent Health Problems

Research has shown that stress caused by children being separated from their parents is not only traumatic but may cause long-term health issues.

When a person is stressed their heart rate increases and the body releases certain hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline. When children get stressed and don’t have a parent or caregiver around to ease those physical symptoms, those stress hormones can kill off neurons in time, leading to psychological damage as well as harming the physical structure of the brain. “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is well documented that when immigrant children are detained and separated from their parents, they can develop toxic stress, which can adversely impact their development,” states a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen from the Nursing Community Coalition. The coalition represents thirty three organizations, such as the American Academy of Nursing and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.


President Trump signed an executive order calling for an end to the separation of migrant families on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

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