Children’s Disaster Services

 CLDR partners with

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS)

for large-scale national deployments


  1. The first step to deploy with our partner Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), is to participate in a CDS training.

CDS has been training and coordinating volunteers to work with children in the immediate aftermath of disasters since 1980. CDS is well-established in the field of disaster relief as a trusted and reliable organization to meet the needs of children after disasters.

  1. After becoming certified with CDS, you are then eligible for national deployment as part of CDS teams.

Deployment is typically requested through a mass email and you have the option to decline the opportunity at any time. If able to serve, your travel arrangements will be coordinated by CDS.  It is important to note that all travel, food, shelter, and supplies are funded in full when deployed with CDS.

** CLDR has the privilege of joining CDS for national deployments working as part of CDS teams alongside teammates from various backgrounds. The diversity of backgrounds enables a well-rounded team focused on providing evidenced-based child-led play opportunities for children in the immediate aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.  CLDR members deploy with CDS as CDS volunteers.

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for the Children’s Disaster Services trainings. 

We encourage all child life specialists and students to attend so that you may have the opportunity to deploy with CDS.

CDS training includes an overnight shelter simulation as a valuable part of the learning experience. Since shelters and cots are typical for many disaster situations, participants will sleep on cots for experiential learning during the training.

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Child Life PDU’s:

PDU’s are available for child life specialists.  Child Life Disaster Relief will send out PDU’s after the training has been completed, however feel free to contact us at [email protected] to request PDU’s if you have not received them.