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CLDR Member Spotlight: Cindy Schapiro

Meet Child Life Disaster Relief member Cindy Schapiro Do you currently work in Child Life? If so, tell us about your current position.  If not, tell us about your Child Life history. Yes, I currently work as a Relief Child Life Specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. I have just returned …

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Working with Children after Disasters

Texas Border Crisis. Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Thousand Oaks and Pittsburgh shootings. California Camp Fire. The heaviness of these tragic situations is impossible to miss. Regardless of your awareness of the all the details (or lack thereof), you are probably like me: you feel the urgency that these disasters create, and you simply cannot avoid …

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Happy Thanksgiving from Chico, CA!

Happy Thanksgiving! From the Children’s Disaster Services California Camp Fire Team.  The CDS team in Chico, CA, has been working in the Disaster Resource Center (DRC) since it opened last Friday.  The team, which has included four child life specialists so far, has been very busy with close to 50 kids each day.  FEMA and …

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Preparing for Saipan and Rerouting to Chico, CA

The CDS deployment to Saipan for Typhoon Yutu was canceled just prior to departure due to the changing needs in Saipan.  While the Saipan CDS team was preparing to deploy across the ocean, the packing list continued to change.  The list originally included instructions to pack only a backpack, be prepared to walk long distances, …

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Mariposa, CA Wildfires

Calling all child life specialists and students in and around California who are certified with our partner, CDS:   If you qualify and can respond to the wildfires in Mariposa, CA, please respond to the deployment email you received.