Day 2: I’ve Changed My Mind

So, you guys.  Remember when I said yesterday that I wasn’t completely convinced that leaving lots of responsibilities to come here so quickly was the smartest decision?  Well, I’ve changed my mind. Today was incredible. I want to tell you all the details and reasons why, but security and privacy for the families here on […]

Day 1: Lots I Don’t Know

Today was a long day of travel, and layovers, and mechanical issues on planes, and trying to wrap up details for an all-of-a-sudden week away that I’m not totally convinced I should have taken. But my child life team and boss are amazingly supportive. They have made some real sacrifices to help me be here, […]

Orlando, FL: Mass Shooting Response

Two certified child life specialists who have leadership roles within Child Life Disaster Relief and Children’s Disaster Services are heading to Orlando, FL to assist with children and families affected by the shooting.  Please send positive thoughts and energy to all those affected directly and indirectly, as well as to those working with the victims of this horrific tragedy. […]

Gail in Monroe, Louisiana

I am very fortunate to be involved in the partnership of Child Life Disaster Relief (CLDR) and Children’s Disaster Services (CDS). As a certified child life specialist with CLDR, I trained as a local Red Cross volunteer. I am on the call list of the Red Cross mental health team. I have supported at a […]

Deployment Alert: Louisiana Flooding

Photo/Gerald Herbert (wate.com) Children’s Disaster Services is being asked to serve in a shelter in Monroe, Louisiana in response to the flooding. We are seeking CDS certified volunteers who are interested and able to respond.   Hoping to get the first team out as early as Wednesday morning. If you are able, please e-mail CLDisasterrelief@gmail.com with […]

Deployment Alert: Oregon Landslides

Our partner, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), was asked to deploy volunteers starting Dec. 26th to Oregon City in response to the landslides in Oregon and Washington.  Child Life Disaster Relief would love to send you next time especially to offer aid in your local areas – if you are interested in learning more please contact us […]