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Joe Biden, his ignored grandchild and the pain of family estrangement

President Joe Biden still won’t publicly acknowledge his seventh grandchild − and it’s struck a nerve among his supporters and detractors alike.

Several Biden supporters in Philadelphia recently told USA TODAY the president’s refusal to publicly mention his 4-year-old granddaughter in Arkansas, whom his son Hunter Biden fathered out of wedlock, while still talking about his other six grandchildren doesn’t sit right with them.

Unfortunately, family fractures, including estrangement and disownment, are not uncommon experiences, and they can have debilitating effects on one’s mental health and wellbeing, experts say. Chelsey Cole, a psychotherapist and author, estimates over half her therapy clients have experienced a break in their families − a pain that she says can be extraordinary for all those involved.

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