Urgent: Recommendations for the Reunification of Separated Children with their Families

Publication date: 
June 2018
Urgent: Recommendations for the Reunification of Separated Children with their Families

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is an interagency coalition of nearly 100 member organizations working to protect children who face adversity. The Alliance, in response to the current situation of family separation at the U.S. border with Mexico, is calling for urgent action to rapidly reunify separated children with their families and end detention, in accordance with their best interests.

Based on the collective experiences of Alliance members, lessons learned, and accepted standards of care and protection for children, the Alliance urges all responsible parties to:

  • Facilitate rapid family reunification;
  • Provide mental health and psychosocial support to children and their families;
  • Ensure that administrative and legal procedures meet their best interests; and
  • Prevent further family separation by ending the use of detention.

Several organizations and groups, including Better Care Network, have endorsed the recommendations.