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Canadian Disaster Child Care (CDCC) trains volunteers to provide specialized childcare that focuses on using play to help children work through their feelings and regain control over their environment following a disaster. Workshop topics include:  defining disaster (ranging from death in the family, war, earthquakes, etc.); recovery stages; children's behaviours and how they change in disaster; how we respond; celebrating cultural richness; empathetic listening; setting up a child - centred space; and team building.

In disaster response situations CDCC has gained valuable experience at various locations. In Canada CDCC worked at shelters following the Montreal Ice Storm and with Health Canada at four military sustainment sites with Kosovar children who came to Canada under Operation Parasol, a response that was multidimensional and sustained over a relatively long period of time. More recently volunteers responded to the Tudor House Fire in Cranbrook, British Columbia and flooding in Edmonton, Alberta.   Since 1995 volunteers have provided child care at the Edmonton Centre for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ECSTT).  In the United States our volunteers were activated following the Florida Hurricanes in 2004, California earthquakes and flooding in Oregon, Washington and Louisiana.

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We Believe:

  • That the child shall be among the first to receive aid in times of disaster.
  • That non-governmental organizations and social service agencies, working together to prepare volunteers, can build a strong cooperative program to serve the needs of children in disaster.
  • That by providing space, appropriate activities, and trained child care givers, children who have special needs following a disaster can experience nurture, acceptance, emotional support and a measure of healing.

 

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