Local organization works to help refugee children


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A Michigan organization called Samaritas is stepping up to help children who’ve already been separated from their families.

When Michelle Haskell first heard about the Trump administration planning to sign an executive order stopping children from being separated from their families, she was relieved.

“I’m so excited,” said Haskell. “I’m so happy that we’re going to stop taking these children from their families.”

Haskell is the Outreach Team Lead for Refugee Foster Care at Samaritas’ Lansing office. The organization is helping 123 children who came to the united states from other countries find a home.

“These families and these children are not criminals; they need help,” said Haskell.

Samaritas submitted a proposal saying in addition to the kids they are already helping, they can take about 50 children from the U.S./Mexico border who don’t have a place to go.

“Children belong with their families,” said Haskell. “That is the best environment. They are biologically programed to be with their families.”

But now that separations will stop, Haskell doesn’t know if the organization will see these children or not. But she hopes that the kids who are already separated will get the help and resources they need.

“These children are young and they have already endured trauma in their life and this one is probably the biggest one that they will have to overcome,” said Haskell.

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