Sudden separation from a caregiver can be very overwhelming to a child – regardless of their age. Infants, young children and even adolescents can have a difficult time coping with the separation. Depending on the circumstances, the child’s experience of the separation can be traumatic. This is particularly true if the separation is sudden, unexpected to the child, prolonged or if it is accompanied by a history of additional stressors. Below are several resources for professional who work with immigrant children and families who are coping with either traumatic separation or fear of becoming separated from their family members.
“Guiding Caregivers: how to talk to a child about Deportation or separation”
Information for professionals to utilize in helping caregivers speak with a child about the topic of deportation or separation.
“How to Talk to a Child Worried about Deportation"
This is a 1-page patient education handout for families coping with fear of deportation.
• Children’s e-book: “After the Harvest: A story about saying goodbye”
Children’s book with several treatment tools including affect expression, stress management skills and cognitive affective regulation. The book also helps children to recognize physiological symptoms of stress and how to cope with the stress in a healthy way.
Printable list of emotions/faces that can be utilized to teach affect expression and to help a child identify how they feel.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network - www.NCTSN.org
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Immigrant Children with Traumatic Separation
Information for Professionals