Children’s Disaster Services
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.
A six-member team is on call each month, ready to travel within four hours of deployment by the American Red Cross. When the volunteers arrive, 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 to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and 7 aviation incidents.