Then there are children who may not yet be verbal, and who aren’t able to articulate their needs, and that will have to be addressed.”
“Earlier this week, news broke that some of the nearly three thousand immigrant children who have been taken from their parents at the border are being transferred to “tender-age” shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (O.R.R.), an office within the Department of Health and Human Services (H.H.S.)…
Converting a facility meant to house teen-agers into one meant for toddlers is not a straightforward task. “Staffing up to care for toddlers and preverbal kids is a time-consuming process, because of licensing requirements, and because of the extra training that staff need,” the former official said. “It’s not just taking folks who have been dealing with sixteen- and seventeen-year-old boys and saying, ‘It’s your job to change a diaper and try to comfort a kid ripped from his or her mom.’ ” Carey told me, “When you’re talking about children who have been forcibly removed from a parent, the trauma is going to be greater, and so are the challenges of caring for those children.”..
Now, amid reports that H.H.S. has agreed to share sponsors’ information with ICE, undocumented adults have reason to fear stepping forward. “If we’re saying to people, ‘Come pick up your children, and, by the way, we need to know how to reach you, and we’re going to use that information to deport you,’ not very many people are going to come forward to pick up their kids,” Cancian said…
“To provide settings that are appropriate for adults that also meet human-rights standards for children, and to ramp those up to the scale demanded by the current crisis, is neither cost-effective nor feasible. We can’t create a housing situation that is heinous enough to get parents who are worried about their children’s well-being not to come. So how is this a solution?”
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