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Separating children and parents at the border causes lifelong damage

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing There is an important scientific fact that we need to be aware of as the political drama at the border unfolds: when children are separated from their parents, they can be damaged for the rest of their lives. Research shows that when children face strong, frequent, or prolonged adversity without adequate support from adults, it causes a stress response that can have terrible consequences.…

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