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...

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...

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 KFry-Miller@brethren.org. ...

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...