Barton Child Law and Policy Center

To Be Ripped Away From Your Family’: The impact of loss, grief and relational connection for youth in foster care

harms of family separation, trauma, family separation, cps investigations, adoption, termination, TPR, policy reform, system reform, grief, psychotropics, older youth, foster care, child welfare

Categories: Harms of Family Separation
Tags: adoption, child welfare, cps investigations, Family Separation, foster care, grief, harms of family separation, older youth, policy reform, psychotropics, system reform, termination, TPR, trauma
Author: Dr. Monique Mitchell, The Imprint

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