How Does Traumatic Family Separation Affect Children? with Dr Elizabeth Barnert

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How Does Traumatic Family Separation Affect Children? with Dr Elizabeth Barnert

Dr. Elizabeth Barnert, a pediatrician and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. She joins Jonathan to talk about the toxic effects of separating families can have on a child’s physical & mental state ,the process of family reunification, toxic stress, as well as how to help child who have been impacted by family separation.

Some organizations people may consider, that are at the forefront of addressing the effects of family separation at the US border:

o  The Florence Project, an Arizona organization that offers free legal services to families in immigration custody.

o  RAICES, a nonprofit in Texas that is paying the bond for parents currently being held in detention and providing legal services.

o  Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, which champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children.

o  ActBlue, which divides your contribution evenly between 14 organizations (including the ACLU and some of the places listed above) working to protect migrant children from being separated from their families at the border.

o  Save the Children is the world’s first global charity for children.

o  Baby2Baby provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

o  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA has recently prepared a brief concerning how best to protect migrant children here in the United States with a special focus on what is happening on our border with Mexico:

Find Dr Elizabeth Barnert’s work at and she’s on Twitter @Liz_Barnert and blogs at XX.

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