Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is Child Life Disaster Relief’s (CLDR) partner for all large-scale national deployments.
The first step for national deployments is to become a certified volunteer with Children’s Disaster Services (CDS). 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.
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.
The following are dates and locations for CDS training for national deployments. We encourage all child life specialists and students to attend one of these so that you may have the opportunity to deploy with CDS.
|Feb. 29th-Mar.1st, 2020||LaVerne, CA||LaVerne Church of the Brethren
2425 E. Street
LaVerne, CA 91750
|Mar. 6-7th ,2020||Bridgewater, VA||Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
420 College View Drive
Bridgewater, VA 22812
|Mar. 27-28th ,2020||Lombard, IL||York Center Church of the Brethren
1S071 Luther Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148
|Apr. 17-18th ,2020||Tulsa, OK||Bethany Christian Church
6730 S. Sheridan Road
Tulsa, OK 74133
|May 1-2nd ,2020||Victor, NY||Victor United Methodist Church (Rochester Area)
106 E Main St
Victor, NY 14564
|Oct. 16-17th, 2020||Springfield, MO||TBD||Registration opening Summer 2020|
|Nov. 6-7th, 2020||Roaring Spring, PA||Roaring Spring Church of the Brethren
901 Bloomfield Rd
Roaring Spring, PA 16673
|Registration opening Summer 2020|
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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Workshop Costs for Participants:
- $55.00 – early registration fee includes all meals, curriculum, and one overnight
- $65.00 – late registration fee when less than three weeks before
Child Life PDU’s:
PDU’s are available for child life specialists. We will send out PDU’s after the training has been completed, however feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request PDU’s if you have not received them.