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Why are children being separated from their families?

Why are children being separated from their families?

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Push Factors

We consider family hardships to be ‘push factors’ because they are stressful circumstances and events that often lead parents and caregivers to consider finding an alternative living situation for their child. Often, a children’s home or orphanage. See examples of household factors that could lead to separation.
  • Family conflict
  • Divorce or separation of parents
  • Unemployment
  • Poverty
  • Death of one or both parents
  • Caretaker instability or low self-esteem
  • Physical or emotional disability or illness of caretaker or child

Pull Factors

As parents and caretakers endure hardships, they consider the alternative options for their child to go. If they have family members of higher economic status they may see if they are able to take them in. If they are unable to, parents may begin looking for an organization that can take in their child. In some situations, a mother or father may even abandon their child at a care facility. Here are a few examples of perceived benefits.
  • Education
  • Basic needs
  • Recruitment by organization staff
  • Quality medical care
  • Disability care
  • Access to technology
  • Access to opportunities and resources

    Resources to learn more

    • Faith to Action Initiative has a great resource for learning more about the family separation crisis. Access that resource here.