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Child Life Disaster Relief is headed to Puerto Rico

On January 7, Puerto Rico was struck by its strongest earthquake since 1918 and has since experienced over 1,000 aftershocks. It has been just over two years since Hurricane Maria devastated the island and Puerto Ricans are struggling with the effects of another natural disaster. It’s yet another crisis that reminds us of the growing …

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Bahamas – Team 4

Bahamas – Team 4 Ashley Zani (lead), Erin Myers, Gail Klayman Deployment Dates: October 21-27th   We spent most of our time working with children at the Kendal Isaacs Gym this week.  Each day we worked with approximately 25-45 children on socialization through group activities and play, serving about 280 children total throughout the week. Aggression …

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Bahamas – Team 3

Bahamas – Team 3 Tammy Hayes (lead), Jessica Johnson, Dana Burnett Deployment Dates: October 14-20th  Day 1: October 14th We worked with approximately 30 children at the gym. As we began to introduce activities, smaller groups formed organically, with children moving from one to another on their own. While playing the board game “Q’s Race …

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Bahamas – Team 2

Bahamas – Team 2 Christen Bradbury (lead), Hallie Chancellor, Cassidy Taylor Dates of Deployment: October 7-12, 2019 Served ~230 children Day 1: October 7th Today we observed a lot of aggression surrounding objects, attention, and space.  When working with small groups, we were able to help some of the children work on creative expression, telling …

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Bahamas – Team 1

Bahamas – Team 1 Cara Smith (lead), Eileen Esposito, and Hayley Wells Dates of Deployment: September 27 – October 6, 2019 Over 240 child-interactions Saturday, September 28 The team provided therapeutic play and psychosocial support at the shelter at Kendall Isaacs Gym. Many of the children were very eager and willing to share their stories …

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Thank you Child Life Specialists for deploying to the Bahamas!

The last month has been a wild and amazing ride for Child Life Disaster Relief. The Bahamas Ministry of Health and US Coalition of Physicians requested Certified Child Life Specialists deploy to the Bahamas to provide support following Hurricane Dorian, and several volunteers answered the call.  These deployments would not have been possible without the …

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Veterans United Foundation Donates to Hurricane Dorian Response in the Bahamas

In just one week, a team of three Certified Child Life Specialists have been able to serve approximately 175 children, each demonstrating the effects of Hurricane Dorian but also the therapeutic power of play in healing!  The team reports encountering lots of hyperactivity and aggression and having numerous breakthroughs as the children process the array …

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Bahamas Deployment Update

Last Friday, three incredible Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS), Cara Smith, Eileen Esposito, and Hayley Wells, deployed to the Bahamas to work with children and families that have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.  They have been busy making connections, assessing needs, and supporting children in shelters, clinics, orphanages, emergency rooms, and homes. Eileen shared an …

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Deployment Alert: Tropical Storm Imelda

Two members from Child Life Disaster Relief (CLDR) deployed with our partner, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), to work with children affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.  Stephanie Michel-Siddall has been working alongside her CDS teammates in a shelter in Orange, TX since this past Sunday and Catie McDaniel will be joining tomorrow. So far, there have …

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