In regards to the current situation at the southern U.S. border and current policy of separating children from their parents, Prevent Child Abuse America President & CEO Dan Duffy released the following statement:
“As a nation, we must set the highest standard possible in our unwavering pursuit to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. Everyone agrees that separating children from their families at our border is not a healthy or acceptable policy and counteracts our national value of protecting children. We recognize the proven science surrounding toxic stress and the lifelong negative consequences trauma can have on a child and their brain development. The data overwhelmingly demonstrates that putting a child in a confusing and frightening situation, away from their parents or caregivers, can, and will lead to long-term, negative health outcomes. It is imperative that both sides of the political aisle, the Administration and Congress, come together immediately to find a solution that strengthens families, does not separate them, and supports the well-being of all children.”
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