Resources for Parents
Last updated February 2020
Facts for Families
AACAP's Facts for Families provide concise up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
Bear in mind that because of the extensive training required, there is a nationwide shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists. To learn more about other mental health professionals and places where families can find help, read Where to Find Help For Your Child.
The National Center for PTSD
SAMHSA Trauma-Informed Approach and Trauma-Specific Interventions
SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
SESAME - Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies
(Disaster Trauma is updating)
Sesame Workshop Family Friendly Resources on Emergency Preparedness - Fun and easy ways to help the whole family prepare for any type of emergency.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) develops mental health resources and interventions for professionals, traumatized children, and their families. The NCTSN offers Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, a tool developed to assist children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a disaster.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the medical membership organization which represents pediatricians, offers disaster information for families and clinicians.
The American Red Cross provides disaster services training for clinicians.
Talking to Children about Natural Disasters by David Fassler, MD.
Helping Children Cope After a Natural Disaster by Christopher Petersen, MD., and Susan Rzucidlo, M.S.N., R.N.
The National Academies’ Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families is the summary of a workshop convened in June, 2013 by the Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and resilience relative to the needs of children and families, including children with special health care needs.
Community Crises and Disasters: A Parent's Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages is designed as a resource that parents can turn to in a time of crisis, or ideally, in advance of a crisis. It provides practical information about children's reactions, and ideas about how to support their healthy coping.
SAMHSA's Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to Expect in your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life fact sheet offers self-help tips for coping after a traumatic event. It discusses the long-term impact of trauma, including personal uncertainties, family relationship changes, work disruptions, and financial concerns.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress conducts research, education, consultation and training on preparing for and responding to the psychological effects and health consequences of traumatic events.