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CLDR Video Contest

Calling all CCLSs and students for our video contest! We are looking for our next CLDR ✨ star to create a video to help children/teens navigate some of the psychosocial challenges related to disaster. The winner will be featured as part of CLDRs current disaster relief initiatives, receive a gift card and some awesome CLDR …

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COPING THROUGH CONNECTION: GROUP SESSIONS

Background:  Child Life Disaster Relief focuses on ensuring that all children have tools and resources useful in positive coping and resilience during and after disasters. The organization relies on Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) to carry out this mission.  CCLSs are trained professionals who focus on providing developmentally appropriate explanations, support, and opportunities for children and teens to process …

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Free Webinar on the Five Essential Needs of Children During Disasters

Join us for a free webinar on Friday, April 17 at 2 pm CST on the Five Essential Needs of Children During Disasters, led by Dr. Lindsey Murphy and Cara Smith. (1 PDU) Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_51zA2jWvRaS1AthNeD_W5Q Register for this Webinar After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with instructions on logging in to the …

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Gilroy, CA Children’s Disaster Services Critical Response

Two members of Child Life Disaster Relief will be deploying today with our partner, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), for a CDS Critical Response assignment to Gilroy, California. While there, Kristen Cady and Cindy Shapiro will be working together with their CDS teammates in a Family Assistance Center to provide support to the children affected by …

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Many thanks

Thanks to all those at the Association of Child Life Professional’s Annual Conference who attended our disaster relief session and our informational open house!  We are continually amazed and encouraged by your enthusiasm for this necessary work.

Deployment Alert: Taloga, OK Wildfires

Our partner, Children’s Disaster Services, has sent a team to Taloga, OK to assist children and families affected by the wildfires.  We are requesting availability from any CLDR CDS certified volunteers within driving distance to e-mail Kathy Fry-Miller at Kfry-miller@brethren.org with your availability.  They especially have needs for support this weekend.    

Continued Support for California

California continues to experience the wrath of mother nature as mudslides ensue the most recent wildfires. Child Life Disaster Relief continues to send positive thoughts and prayers to all those affected by these recent events, including the children, families, first responders, medical professionals, and lay volunteers assisting in the rescue and recovery efforts.  

A Season for Thankfulness – CLDR Volunteers

Lastly in our season of gratefulness, we want to give a special THANK YOU to our incredible volunteers who are at the heart of Child Life Disaster Relief.  This past year we had 35 volunteers deploy with Children’s Disaster Services teams to 8 national disasters.  These include: Missouri Tornadoes, The Mariposa, CA Wildfires, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane …

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A Season for Thankfulness – Financial & Material Support

CLDR is deeply grateful for the generous financial and material support we have received this year. We hit significant roadblocks this year where financial support was necessary to continue our initiatives.  At the same time, Child’s Play reached out to us and we have been overwhelmed by their support.  Child’s Play is not only providing …

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A Season for Thankfulness – Research Task Forces

We are incredibly grateful for our CLDR Research Task Force team members.  This past year, there have been two different CLDR research task forces working hard to build evidence and knowledge to help build sustainability for our organization, establish an evidenced-based foundation for our services, and create new knowledge through scientific exploration. The first task …

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