News and commentary from the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
concerning child abuse, child welfare, foster care, and family preservation.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
NCCPR in Youth Today on how Trump and US child welfare play the "bonding" card - from the bottom of the deck
Last November, I wrote a column for Youth Today about the alarming similarities between the Trump
administration policy of tearing apart families at the Mexican border and the
way U.S. child protective services agencies routinely separate families in the
Certainly the two are not
identical, but there are more similarities than differences. In my column, I
wrote that nothing upsets the U.S. child welfare establishment more than being
reminded of this fact. (A few weeks later, a pillar of that establishment proved my point.)
Now the list of similarities
has grown even longer. Confronted with the failure to reunite many of the
children it wrongfully tore from their parents in the first place, the Trump
administration is doing exactly what child protective services agencies do: They’re
playing the “bonding” card.