What About the Children? Borders, Separations and Beyond

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WACAP is a proud member of the National Council for Adoption, and we stand with the NCFA, CEO Chuck Johnson and the many children being separated from their families along the U.S. border.

We know that any separation from family is a traumatic event for children, and this type of developmental trauma has lifelong impact on a child’s ability to trust, regulate emotions and develop healthy, trusting relationships.

Our hope at WACAP is that these children will be reunited with their biological parents as soon as possible.


Regarding Children Being Held at the Border

A statement from Chuck Johnson, president and CEO of National Council for Adoption

Children who are unaccompanied or have been separated from their parents or guardians at the U.S. border are not—nor should they be considered—candidates for adoption by American citizens. This is consistent with National Council For Adoption’s long-held position regarding the adoption of children in times of crisis, such as war, earthquakes, and other catastrophic natural or man-made disasters in which children are separated from their families.

Adoption is only a possibility for children for whom parental rights have been terminated or for whom there is clear evidence that they are orphaned. Based on NCFA’s understanding of the status of these 2,000+ children, few, if any, meet these criteria. For those who would be eligible for adoption, there are a number of options that could provide them with permanent, family-based care. NCFA has always supported a continuum of child welfare outcomes that prioritizes (in order) family preservation, adoption by relatives, and domestic adoption in a child’s native country all before intercountry adoption options are considered. It is paramount that the identities of these children be clearly ascertained and who and where their parents are is verified.

About WACAP

WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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