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Severed Ties, Separate Lives: Children Living Apart from their Parents

About the Course

In the United States, 12% of children — nearly 2.9 million kids — do not live with their parents (U.S. Census). There are a myriad of reasons why children may not live with their parents including incarceration, child maltreatment, drug abuse and deportation. Since 2020, death has also become a factor with an estimated 200,000 children who have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver to Covid across the United States.

There are many socio-emotional challenges children may face as they struggle with living without the parents who left them - intentionally or unintentionally.  This workshop deals with the dynamics of children separated from their parents and strategies supportive adults can use to help encourage and support separated children.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to list the reasons why children may be separated from their parents.

2. Participants will have a greater understanding of the specific challenges youth may face as a result of living apart from their parents.

3. Participants will walk away with strategies they can begin using today to help young people develop coping mechanisms and build upon their resiliencies to handle the traumatic grief that may come from living apart from their parents.

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