Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Opposes Family Separation


The Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) today detailed its opposition to the policy of immigrant child detention and family separation.

“The Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages our U.S. legislators from Michigan, in the strongest possible terms, to do everything possible to immediately cease  the current practice of separating immigrant children from their parents,” said MIAAP President Dr. Teresa Holtrop. 

Separating children from their parents creates highly stressful situations, known as toxic stress. Studies have shown that toxic stress disrupts brain development and increases the likelihood of chronic conditions as children develop. 

“Separating children from trusted adults is extremely traumatizing and has lifelong negative medical and mental health consequences. These actions are nothing short of federally sanctioned child abuse,” said MIAAP President-Elect Dr. Sharon Swindell. “The MIAAP supports the national American Academy of Pediatrics position against the separation of children from their families.  As a country that prides itself on having moral obligations, we feel that the current federal policy is untenable.” 

The MIAAP wants all children to have a healthy, productive childhood. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have failed the overall health and wellbeing of children with their recent actions.





Michigan ACE Initiative Video

The Michigan ACE Initiative is focused on expanding efforts toward a statewide awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences and creating a statewide coalition to recommend development of appropriate interventions and state policy. Thank you to everyone who participated in this Michigan specific video, including MIAAP board members Dr. Teresa Holtrop and Dr. Bob Sprunk. 

I Vaccinate

The Parent Information Network (PIN), comprised of MIAAP and Michigan’s leading health care providers, on March 20, came out in strong support of the newly launched “I Vaccinate” initiative from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Franny Strong Foundation. This campaign will be an important tool in raising awareness of the importance of vaccines and the role they play in preventing deadly diseases.

“It’s incredibly important for parents to ensure their children are vaccinated,” said pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University, Michael Stiffler, MD. “It not only protects their own family’s health, but the health of their communities as well.”

Recent data revealed Michigan’s childhood immunization rates as one of the lowest nationwide, putting the entire state at risk for an increase in vaccine-preventable diseases. Safe and effective, vaccines are the best way to protect children from deadly, preventable illnesses. Find resources, facts about vaccines, and more at IVaccinate.org.