Continued Support for California

California continues to experience the wrath of mother nature as mudslides ensue the most recent wildfires. Child Life Disaster Relief continues to send positive thoughts and prayers to all those affected by these recent events, including the children, families, first responders, medical professionals, and lay volunteers assisting in the rescue and recovery efforts.  

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 […]

A Season for Thankfulness – Research Task Forces

We are incredibly grateful for our CLDR Research Task Force team members.  This past year, there have been two different CLDR research task forces working hard to build evidence and knowledge to help build sustainability for our organization, establish an evidenced-based foundation for our services, and create new knowledge through scientific exploration. The first task […]

Tropical Storm Harvey Teams Ready!

We are sending positive thoughts to the gulf coast, specifically Texas, as Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make landfall as a level 3 Hurricane this weekend.  We have 4 Certified Child Life Specialists ready to roll with the Children’s Disaster Services team should the need arise.  Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers! […]

Recruiting Participants for Camp Noah this Summer!

We are eager to get Certified Child Life Specialists and child life students involved with our new partner Camp Noah this summer!  To learn more about our partnership, check out our previous blog post “Partnership with Camp Noah.”  Camp dates and locations are listed below: June 26-30, 2017           Kern Valley, California July 10-14, 2017             Kokomo, Indiana July […]

Trauma Training Opportunity!

Addressing Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes:  Pediatric Trauma Informed Care Symposium ADENA: PACCAR Medical Education Center Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:55a-12:30p EDT Learning Objectives: Discuss how trauma affects individuals and recognize psychological aspects Recognize how trauma may impact the lifespan of a child Implement trauma informed care within a system Sessions include:  Trauma Through a […]

Thank you Cook Children’s!

We had another successful Children’s Disaster Services child-life specific training this weekend.  Thank you to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX for being a wonderful and gracious host.  We trained a total of 50 child life folks and thoroughly enjoyed the presence of their therapy dogs as well!  We can’t thank you enough and […]

“Did You Hear About the Hot Tub in a Tree…

…it’s in a graveyard? Everybody’s talking about it!” This was perhaps one of my favorite quotes from our recent deployment in Oak Grove and Smithville, MO. It came out of nowhere while a CDS volunteer engaged in sensory play with a child who days prior survived an F3 tornado ripping the roof off her home. While this […]

CLDR responds with CDS to EF-3 Tornado in Perryville, MO

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been asked by the American Red Cross to serve in a Multi-Agency Resource Center in Perryville, Missouri in response to an EF-3 tornado that hit Tuesday night.  We are fortunate to have Rachel Erler, a University of Missouri child life student and Child Life Disaster Relief member joining the CDS team to […]

Our Hearts Go Out To Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our hearts go out to the victims, families, first responders, hospital and school personnel, and child life specialists in Chattanooga, TN involved with the school bus crash today. Children near and far can experience trauma related to this event.  For a great resource providing tips on talking with children after a traumatic event, please visit: […]