Whether it is the stress of seeking and securing employment, a demanding work schedule, financial difficulty, or lack of childcare; for many immigrant parents, the decision to send their child back home (the country of parent’s birth) to grandparents or relatives to care for him or her, can be a difficult one. It is undeniable that making this life changing decision can emotionally, mentally, and physically affect the parents and child. The following articles provide insight on the growing trend of “satellite babies” and how this trend often leaves children traumatized.
Muller, R. T. (2013, August 30). Satellite Babies: Immigration and Disrupted Attachment. Psychology Today, Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-about-trauma/201308/satellite-babies-immigration-and-disrupted-attachment
Wang, H. L., Fertig, B. (2016, October 13). Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home. NPR, Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/10/13/492860463/born-in-the-u-s-raised-in-china-satellite-babies-have-a-hard-time-coming-home
Xiao, H. (2017, May 26). Unique book reveals life of satellite babies. China Daily USA, Retrieved from http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2017-05/26/content_29510613.htm
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