Weiss Advocacy Center training to help kids separated at border
Around 2,000 kids are still separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. Mexico border.
Now child advocacy centers across the country are training to possibly help.
The Weiss Child Advocacy Center is one of more than 400 across the U.S. rallying together.
They're learning how to talk to these kids and trying to figure out how they can help reunify families.
Staff at the Weiss Child Advocacy Center helps kids dealing with trauma every day.
“The kids coming across our door who are abused and neglected and then you add in the fact their parent is being ripped away. It's the same correlation our kids here are dealing with that the kids at the border are dealing with,” Claudnyse Holloman said.
Executive Director Claudnyse Holloman says ripping kids away from their parents at the border can take a psychological toll, especially since there's often a language barrier.
“They're feeling abandonment, they're feeling depressed, shock, trauma all those things because a kid doesn't understand what's going on and you've removed the only security they've known,” she said.
She says these kids need to get help and heal-- otherwise they could deal with life-long impacts.
“It could be they become overweight they have depression issues or it could lead to drugs because that toxic stress is never really dealt with,” she said.
These child advocates say they are ready to help not only the kids at the border, but any child who needs it.
“These are just children they deserve to have a happy and healthy life and a great childhood and this moment doesn't have to define them so long as we have the supportive services in place to help them move past this moment,” she said.
The Weiss Child Advocacy Center has a lot of resources, including counselors, support groups, and their beloved K9 Advocate Daphne.