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AAPA Releases Statement on Child & Family Separations

Thursday, June 21, 2018  
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As medical practitioners, the PA profession opposes the current policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. These children should be permitted to remain with their parents unless doing so poses a threat to the child’s physical or emotional well-being. The medical evidence is clear: The negative mental and physical health effects that result from separating children from their parents is likely to be traumatic and long-term, particularly for young children. AAPA urges federal policy makers to immediately halt this practice.


About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of more than 123,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. Visit to learn more.