Children’s Disaster Services
Volunteers from across the country...
- participate in a specialized experiential workshop.
- undergo a rigorous screening process.
- learn to work with children after a disaster.
- are capable of mobilizing rapidly.
- respond both locally and nationally.
Although many volunteers are motivated by faith, CDS’ training is open to anyone over 18 years old.
Equipping volunteers - CDS training
Participants CDS training learn to provide comfort and encouragement to children by offering the healing young children need in traumatic situations. They learn to create a safe, friendly environment that gives children the chance to engage in therapeutic play activities designed to relieve stress and calm fears.
Workshops include a simulated shelter experience (an overnight stay) and will be provided to any group of 15 or more adults interested in working with children after a disaster. Participants completing the course will have the opportunity to become certified Children’s Disaster Services volunteers.
Because children can experience personal disasters (when a friend moves away, a pet dies, etc.) people who come in contact with a distressed child can benefit from this workshop. Many of the concepts taught in Children's Disaster Services workshops are appropriate to use at those times as well as after disasters.