ALBANY – Some of the immigrant children being housed in New York foster care facilities after being separated from their parents at the southern border need psychological counseling for the traumatizing ordeal.
That’s according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who made the statement after visiting one of the agencies caring for some of the hundreds of displaced kids the federal government sent to New York.
The governor is demanding that federal authorities provide information on the estimated 700 immigrant children sent to foster care agencies in New York state after being separated from their parents.
Cuomo said it was “bizarre” that the federal Department of Health and Human Services doesn’t allow contracted foster care agencies to divulge information about the children to state authorities seeking to offer assistance.
The governor has said the state will be filing a lawsuit against the federal government for its handling of the “zero tolerance” policy that separated immigrant children from their families in May and also earlier this month.