What’s the Deal with Family Separation?
Posted by Xena
Thanks for your excellent, well-informed post.
“Kids who are separated from their parents at a young age – those Romanian kids, the Aboriginal kids in Australia – have lower IQs, suffer the long term effects of PTSD, and their fight or flight response can be permanently broken.”
In other words, the Trump administration is setting up a generation of Brown people for failure, to add to arguments made by White Supremacists that having a lower IQ makes them inferior. It will be yet another people running from law enforcement who are shot and killed, while some ask why they ran rather than comply.
Why Pediatricians Worry about Family Separation:
Sadly, we have lots of data about the damage done to children when they are separated from their families.
- In Romania during his tenure as communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu felt that the Romanian economy would improve if there were simply more Romanians, and so he pushed people to have children that they did not have the resources to care for. As a result, there were many Romanian children who grew up in orphanages.
- In Australia, about 1 in 10 Aboriginal children were removed from their families to be raised by white Christians between 1910 and 1970.
- In China right now many children, known as “the left behind,” live in outlying villages while their parents move away to work.
When children are separated from their families, their bodies suffer a stress response and secrete cortisol and adrenaline. These molecules initially damage and in the end can…
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