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Family Separation Policy and Services


FFTA Statement

Family Separation Policy and Services

The Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) strongly opposes the policies and actions by the United States Federal Government that have resulted in a drastic increase in the separation of children from their parents when arriving at the southern border.

We call on the Trump Administration to cease this immoral and developmentally devasting practice of separating children and their parents and instead to meet the order of Judge Dana M. Sabraw, United States District Court for Southern California, to reunite the more than 2,000 separated children and families without further delay.

FFTA is an international association of providers of treatment family care specializing in mental and behavioral health care for children and families experiencing complex traumas. FFTA has practicing professionals in 49 of the 50 states, 4 Canadian provinces and territories, and 4 countries, comprising 488 agency members that annually serve over 44,000 youth. Our members are committed to sustaining and strengthening families (biological, kinship, non-relative foster care, and post-adoption), regardless of citizenship status.

We applaud the private child placing agencies that have contracts with their states and provinces to provide safety for immigrant families and children in this time of increased influx and anxiety. Unlike some of the U.S. federal government “facilities” that are reported to have immigrant children sleeping on concrete floors with no mattresses, being given inappropriate and unnecessary psychotropic medications, and delivered to holding areas that resemble “cages,” these privately run, non-profit, state licensed agencies have provided services to address the legal, medical, and educational services for immigrants and their families for many years. We are grateful they seek to manage this crisis for families as responsible leaders in their communities.

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