Shattered Families: New Report about children whose parents have been detained and deported

2 Nov

From the Applied Research Center:

More than 5,000 children whose parents have been either detained or deported are languishing in foster care right now – facing threat of permanent separation from their families.

The Applied Research Center has just released “Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System,” a groundbreaking report offering the first national data available on the perilous intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system. ARC’s Investigative Research package includes a poignant video and articles which bring to life the story of one family trying desperately to stay together.

These families face significant threats to reunification, and in many cases will be permanently separated. ARC projects that at least 15,000 more children will face these threats to reunification in the next five years, if the same rate holds true for new cases.

This is a growing national problem – historic levels of detention and deportation, combined with a lack of clear child welfare policy is shattering families and endangering the children left behind. It’s unacceptable, un-American, and a clear sign that we need to revisit our immigration policies.

A public informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, 11/10, at 3pmET/12noonPT. For more information visit

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