Las Vegas Critical Response Deployment

Due to the sensitive nature of the October 1st tragedy in Las Vegas, we have needed to handle public information-sharing differently than other disasters.  However, we’d like to share a small part of the critical response deployment experience with you here: In total, our partner, Children’s Disaster Services sent out two critical response teams with […]

Bethany Petersen- Hurricane Irma

Bethany Petersen is a child life specialist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan.  This is her deployment story: I remember sitting in the airport the morning of September 17th, not knowing what I would be walking into in the coming hours. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of excitement and nervousness at the same […]

Gail Klayman- Hurricane Harvey

Gail is a retired CCLS with over 40 years experience working in the field.  Here is her deployment story. September 2017 was a time of relentless weather and disastrous devastation. I was on the Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) roster to be deployed to Texas after hurricane Harvey. Then I was switched to a roster for […]

Northern California Fires- Call For Help

Our partner, Children’s Disaster Services has received an urgent request for two teams to work with the children affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern California.  If you are certified with CDS and have availability to leave Tuesday or Wednesday for 7-14 days, please contact Kathy Fry-Miller ASAP at    NOTE: This will be a […]

Lisa Crouch- Hurricane Irma

Lisa is a child life specialist who works for Quincy Community Schools in Michigan.  Here is her deployment story: The need to be flexible started before I even got to the airport. I was signed up for a relief team for Harvey…. 2 days before deployment we got word that Red Cross wanted a Children’s […]

Las Vegas: Support for the Children From Near and Far

    Lindsey Murphy and Boon Murray and several other Children’s Disaster Services teammates flew to Las Vegas yesterday from all areas of the country.  Today they worked to set up their space in a Family Assistance Center where early estimates predict approximately 22,000  – 27,000 individuals will be served over the next week. The […]

Disaster Response Update

We have two Child Life Specialists actively deploying on a Children’s Disaster Services team to Las Vegas.  Please offer Lindsey Murphy and Boon Murray your support as they begin working with the children affected by this horrific tragedy. So far, 23 child life specialists have deployed in the last several weeks with our partner CDS […]

Our Hearts are with Las Vegas

Our hearts are broken over the tragedy in Las Vegas.  We also know that children near and far are affected, even if they are not directly connected to a victim or survivor.  Click here for resources on how to talk to kids about this event, and join us in our support and prayers for those […]