Children & Youth Task Forces in Disaster

Children and youth are at heightened risk in disasters and public health emergencies, and services for children, youth, and families are spread across different sectors — schools and daycares, health care providers, social services, and many other governmental, nonprofit, and private sector partners.

The Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters model promotes effective coordination of these diverse systems and agencies. It focuses on bringing not only government and nonprofit organizations that focus on children, but also the community impacted by a disaster to work together to solve issues that affect children and youth.

Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters: Guidelines for Development

Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters: Guidelines for Development introduces the Children and Youth Task Force model in response to disasters and public health emergencies. It provides recommendations to states, Tribes, territories, and local communities interested in launching their own task forces, and outlines how the Administration for Children and Families can provide support.

The Guidelines for Development are also available in Spanish.

New York Children's Issues Task Force Report

Lessons Learned from Response and Recovery in Superstorm Sandy in New York is a report produced by the New York Children's Issues Task Force, led by the NY State Office of Children and Family Services and the Administration for Children and Families Region 2 Office. The issues and recommendations are helpful to other Children and Youth Task Forces that may be formed in future disasters.

Last Reviewed: June 21, 2017

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