September 2, 2021
Five months after the evacuation of U.S. allies from Afghanistan, many of the unaccompanied Afghan children—brought to the U.S. in the aftermath of the evacuation—remain separated from their parents. While the federal government was able to place some of the arriving unaccompanied Afghan children into stable living situations with their parents or other immediate family members, others were not so fortunate. Those children remain in temporary situations and should be reunited with their families as quickly as possible, if doing so is in the child’s best interest. These recommendations to the U.S. government chart a path toward that goal.