Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children: Tips for Current Caregivers

The relationship with a parent is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. Separations from parents and siblings— especially under sudden, chaotic, or unpredictable circumstances such as those related to war, refugee, immigration, or detention experiences—may lead children to develop depression, anxiety, or separation-related traumatic stress symptoms. This tip sheet for current caregivers and others provides information to help address the needs of immigrant and refugee children who have experienced traumatic separation