louisiana flood victim mom and babyThousands of Louisiana children who have lost homes, belongings and their sense of security in the Louisiana Floods are in need of urgent assistance to protect their emotional and developmental wellbeing, Save the Children said.

“Thousands of children have been ripped from the lives they knew, and they have no idea what the future may hold,” said Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children’s emergency team leader. “We know that loss and displacement during disasters can affect children’s mental health for years to come, and it’s essential that we offer kids a chance to be kids again as soon as possible.”

Current sheltering conditions for more than 8,000 people can be especially challenging for families with young children, with shortages of cribs, changing stations, family spaces and private spaces for nursing at some locations putting children’s wellbeing at risk. Save the Children is working with the state of Louisiana and local partners, including the Red Cross, to address these needs and create safe spaces specifically for children.

Save the Children Shelter

Today, Save the Children will open its first Child-Friendly Space in the Lamar Dixon Expo Center shelter, run by the American Red Cross. With the support from generous donors, the organization also hopes to open more in the coming days.

Child-Friendly Spaces offer children a safe place to play, express themselves and begin processing a variety of distressing experiences. These spaces also give families a protected environment to leave their children as they register for assistance and go about the business of rebuilding their lives.

“We need help to reach more of the thousands of children in need and to support their families’ recovery,” Fritzler said. “Offering children a safe place to play, not only allows them to have much-needed fun again, it helps them heal and build their resiliency. They will need that to bounce back from the devastation of these floods.”

Clothing, Cribs and Hygiene Supplies

Save the Children is also distributing portable cribs, clothing and hygiene items to support displaced families in meeting the unique needs of children affected by the flooding. Shelter populations are expected to grow as families who temporarily stayed with others need longer-term housing solutions.

More than 20,000 people have been rescued and at least 10 deaths have been confirmed as a result of severe flooding that hit southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi over the weekend. Both Louisiana and Mississippi are under a state of emergency. Numerous schools are closed, homes and buildings are destroyed and roads and bridges are impassable.

Save the Children has responded to children’s needs in emergencies around the world for nearly a century. Since mounting a major response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Save the Children has served more than 1 million U.S. children affected by disaster.

To support Save the Children’s Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund, please donate here: www.SavetheChildren.org/gulf-floods

Geraldine Jensen

Geraldine Jensen

Geraldine Jensen is a child support enforcement expert. she is the author of How to Collect Child Support and the Status of Child Support Enforcment in the U.S.Geraldine is the founder of ACES, Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, Inc. ACES was founded in Toledo, Oho and grew to have 400 chapters in 48 states with over 50,000 members. ACES successfully advocated for children's legal and moral right to child support payments. At ACES,she advocates, coaches and empowers single parents.
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