Chapin Hall statement on the Separation of Immigrant Families

This statement is in response to the recent U.S. government practice of forcibly separating parents and children who arrive at U.S. borders

For more than three decades, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has conducted research and analysis about children and families in distress and the systems that serve them. Through the course of this work, we have documented the damaging effects of family separation–even when temporary, and even when necessitated by abuse or neglect.

We know that disruption of child attachments is damaging. And we know that remediating the effects of such separation is formidable. That is why we in the field of child welfare work