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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Upcoming Events in Boston and NYC

Happy Child Life Month! Child life specialists in the Boston and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to learn more about CLDR at the New England Child Life Professionals‘ Annual Child Life Month Event on April 3rd.  Click here for more information. Also, SAVE -THE-DATE for the Spring one-day Children’s Disaster...