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Child victims of toxic stress face a long road to healing

from The Hechinger Report (commentary)

As a country, we heard the children separated from their families at America's southern border cry inconsolably for their mothers and fathers. And as a country, we waited anxiously as bureaucratic, political and logistical problems have postponed reunions. Now, as families are slowly beginning to be reunited, we are witnessing reunions that may surprise some. According to reports, mothers — some of whom had been separated from their young children for as long as 4 months — were sometimes rebuked by those children. One mother reported that her 3-year-old didn't recognize her. Another said that her 3-year-old pushed her away and called for the social worker at the shelter where she had been housed. more

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