Timely and attuned intervention is needed to provide children with the support to understand what has happened to them and to help them manage the traumatic stress and feelings of danger that are likely to be overwhelming. Foster parents and shelter workers across the country have quickly been tasked with this daunting responsibility. It is not difficult to imagine how overwhelmed these alternative caregivers may be feeling. – Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
As national dialogue continues regarding the current family separation policy, the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health has released a variety of resources to assist caregivers of immigrant children.
The first is a SAFE Communication tool to assist alternative caregivers to help separated immigrant children. It provides tips and strategies to help communicate with children who may have language difficulties and to help children deal with the trauma of separation.
The children’s story Cecilia and the Long Walk was created by the Alliance and is available for download in both English and Spanish as a coloring book. Audio recordings of Cecilia and the Long Walk (Cecilia y la Larga Caminata) are also available on YouTube.
Other ways you can help:
Contact your representatives. Call, email, or write your legislators and let them know where you stand. Visit https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members to find your representatives and their contact information.
Spread the word on social media. ZERO TO THREE has compiled a social media toolkit with posts and graphics to help you lend your voice to those asking the federal government to stop separating infants, toddlers, and their families. Click here for the toolkit.