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 […]

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 […]

Hurricane Harvey – Deployment Update – Help Needed

Currently the CLDR team is watching in horror with the rest of the world as Hurricane Harvey continues to decimate Houston and surrounding areas. We currently have 5 Certified Child Life Specialists with a team of 24 certified CDS volunteers deploying to assist. The challenges volunteers will face with the children impacted will no doubt […]

Partnership with Camp Noah

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Camp Noah! Camp Noah is a nationally recognized preparedness and resiliency day camp offered to elementary age children in communities impacted by a disaster or crisis. Camp Noah provides a safe and caring environment where children build resiliency skills within the familiarity of their own communities. […]

Wisconsin CCLS serving in Oroville, CA!

We are excited to announce that we have a Wisconsin CCLS, Susan “Boon” Murray, deploying with Children’s Disaster Services in Oroville, CA!  Please keep those displaced and affected by the flooding, as well as all the emergency responders and disaster volunteers in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to navigate this disaster.    

Deployment Alert: Oroville Dam in CA

IMMEDIATE NEED:  Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been asked by the American Red Cross to have two teams of volunteers ready to go to Oroville, CA, if needed to help assist as evacuations are underway. Residents are being evacuated after the spillway on a major dam began to break over the weekend. The Red Cross […]

14 CLDR Members Attend CDS Training in MO

We are so excited to have these (pictured) child life specialists and students joining the CLDR movement from the recent Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) training in Independence, Missouri! Participants at this training spent 27 hours together preparing to work with kids in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. We want to thank all those who made the […]

“Want to see my home?”

I know I have mentioned a lot about the kiddos and their families I’ve encountered. However, I also want to be sure to share these things as well: The Shelter: the cots and the small area surrounding them became their home I remember when I was playing with one kiddo he asked me if I […]