Children’s Disaster Services

Critical Response Childcare team

Give to the Critical Response Childcare team

The Critical Response Childcare (CRC) team is a group of experienced Children's Disaster Services volunteers who have received additional training that prepares them to work with children after an aviation incident or other mass casualty event. The presence of a compassionate care giver, along with carefully selected play activities, has a significant impact on the recovery of a child who has experienced the trauma of such a loss.

In a mass casualty event, a team of specially trained, experienced volunteers would be immediately assembled in order to respond within hours of deployment by the American Red Cross. When the volunteers arrive on site, they work in a Family Assistance Center, where those impacted by the incident participate in briefings and receive support from the American Red Cross. This partnership between the American Red Cross and Children's Disaster Services ensures that children’s needs are being met in an appropriate and compassionate manner.

Since 1997 the CRC team has responded in the U.S. to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and 8 aviation incidents, one train incident, and the Boston Marathon bombing.

As part of the ongoing efforts to support the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), Children's Disaster Services has been asked to work in partnership with EYN Women's Ministries and director Suzan Mark to develop trauma healing curriculum for women and children profoundly affected by the violence of the Boko Haram. CDS Critical Response team members will provide a Training of Trainers for women theologians who will then go out and train others To work with the women and children.