Public Statements

Catholic Charities Statement on Reuniting Separated Children with their Parents

The court-established deadline for reuniting children separated from their parents by recent federal policy decisions has arrived. While it is positive that parents and children will be reunited, Catholic Charities is concerned these reunifications be done in a way that serves the best interests of the children and their parents.  Their separations already caused unnecessary trauma.  Timely assessment of these families’ legal and social service needs and development of a plan to meet them is critical.  Catholic Charities is committed to lending its experience and expertise providing ongoing legal and social services to assist these reunited families in their transition to New York or relocation elsewhere.  We are working with national partners to coordinate information and engaging with our local partners to offer and deliver needed support. 



Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York