How Does Kidsave Feel About Children Separated at the Border?

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The plight of children separated at the border is a tragedy in the first degree. While Kidsave works to help older children find families, the thought that loving parents are separated from their children – and that hundreds of children are institutionalized at the border, is not okay. Kidsave’s focus is on helping institutionalized children find their parents and we fight every day for the funding and the ability to do this. We work to build capacity in governments so that more children will find families so they can grow to their true potential.

The U.S. government’s child welfare system, led by the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration on Children and Families, is sophisticated and complex. Yet, there is a disconnect between the way children are separated and maintained at the border by the Department of Homeland Security that lacks the concern and care that our foster care system provides. While foster care is a system that needs much repair, it does prioritize the safety, well-being, and permanency of children. We feel this is currently overlooked at the border. Children are experiencing trauma that will remain with them for life.

Many systems are in need of repair when it comes to caring for children. Sadly millions and millions of dollars are being spent at the border. Channeling those funds and energy into the various government agencies (led by the U.S. Agency for International Development) whose commitment is to children growing up in families first – or into governments and non-governmental organizations with that same commitment — seems a much more appropriate use of funds.