News 300-some immigrant children separated from parents in NYC, de Blasio says The mayor recommended donating to legal funds that are helping the reunification efforts and said aspiring foster parents should call 311. The Cayuga Center in East Harlem is accepting children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated June 25, 2018 4:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Mayor Bill de Blasio gave an update Monday on the number of separated migrant children living in the city and the difficulties in trying to reunite them with their parents. Three nonprofits in the Bronx and East Harlem are currently taking care of about 300 children and placing them in foster homes, according to the mayor. Although he said the nonprofits are trying to get them back to their relatives following the Trump administration’s executive order last week that rescinded the separations, the city hasn’t received any information or guidance from the federal government on the process. “There was no game plan for reuniting these kids with their families, and no plan for getting legal representation for their parents,” de Blasio said. The mayor said the children mostly hailed from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and most didn’t have relatives on the East Coast. He said the number could be higher, as federal officials are still “ignoring” his office’s request for data. In the meantime, the city is providing the foster agencies with resources to help them deal with any mental health issues the separated kids might be facing. He also recommended that New Yorkers donate to legal funds that are helping to reunite the children and call 311 if they have any interest in being a foster parent for them. “There is definitely an additional need for foster parents here in the city,” he said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced that the state will provide additional resources to foster care facilities that are taking care of the children, including additional social workers who specialize in mental health. He called on the federal government to give New York the data on the number of children who have been sent here from the border. “The Trump Administration’s separation of immigrant families is either an historic example of gross incompetence of government or a political tactic that would make Machiavelli blush,” Cuomo said in a statement. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Separated migrant kids brought to NYC hospitals: Officials"We are unable to treat the emotional scars that they're presenting with," Dr. Kaufman said. Who’s responsible for the separated immigrant children? Lawyer Moms of America was formed in response to Trump's immigration policies. 'Traumatic process' for immigrant kids taken from parents: MayorAn East Harlem shelter has processed over 350 kids affected by the family separation policy. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.