City Help For Migrant Children

Marla Diamond/WCBS 880

City Agencies Step In To Help Migrant Children Separated From Families

July 03, 2018 - 1:31 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Several city agencies have stepped in to help the hundreds of separated children still in New York City.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, David Hansel, the commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, said the city does not have a legal obligation to help the children – but a moral responsibility.

“Your heart breaks when you see these kids, how scared they must be, how much they must be missing their parents, how little they understand where they are and why,” Hansel said.

Hansel believes 300 separated children are still in New York City.

“How many children are here, where they are, how long they’ll be here, what their needs are – we have not been able to get any response to those questions from the federal government directly,” Hansel said.

City agencies are providing trauma specialists, hospital care, legal assistance, and training for foster parents.