Kick back, relax, and READ

We at CLDR love a good book to read, especially when it is cold outside!  This winter, our board has compiled a list of favorite books that have taught us about serving children and families in crisis.  Enjoy! The Boy that was Raised as a Dog (Dr. Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz) Childhood Disrupted (Donna […]

CDS Critical Response Team Responded to Amtrak Incident

Sending positive thoughts, healing, and strength to all those involved and affected by the Amtrak incident in Washington this week.  Incidents, such as these, require specialized volunteers who are trained in “Critical Response” as the needs of those impacted vary from natural disasters.  Our partner, Children’s Disaster Services, responded quickly with a Critical Response Team […]

California & Puerto Rico

We are grateful for Allene Osborne and Charity Vasquez, for deploying with the Children’s Disaster Services team to the southern California wildfires.  Local child life specialist, Debi Hulitt has been a life saver, organizing efforts to provide the CDS team with much-needed supplies to meet the needs of the children and families.   In addition to […]

Disasters 101: Relevant Scholarly Articles

  We know many of you are like us and enjoy some good time to geek-out!  Here are a few scholarly articles we want to highlight that focus on the effects of disasters on children and families and the evidence-base for intervention. Five essential elements of immediate and mid–term mass trauma intervention: Empirical evidence Hobfoll, […]

CDS Teams on Alert for California Wildfires

Southern California is facing devastating wildfires all throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  The Red cross has requested our partner Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) to have two teams on alert and ready to go if/when needed.  More than 175,000 people have been evacuated in the area to well over a dozen shelters that have been […]