The role for national organizations and federal agencies in recovery is to support the state leadership, empower communities, and provide them every resource and tool that will help them achieve recovery. The community needs ownership of the process, White concluded.
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families: Workshop Summary HURRICANE SANDY EXPERIENCE 117 PREPUBLICATION COPY: UNCORRECTED PROOFS BOX 10-1 Examples of Individuals and Organizations That Participate as Task Force Members • State agencies with children’s services equities • Affected parents and youth • Child care providers • Child care resource and referral agencies • Child welfare agencies • Behavioral health agencies • Individual pediatricians, pediatric nurses, social workers, child psychologists, child life specialists • After school care providers • Recreational services programs • Runaway and homeless youth providers • Family violence prevention and services agencies • Agencies serving children with disabilities • Public health and environmental health authorities • Schools (principals, teachers, counselors, social workers) • Local religious leaders • Community action agencies • Head Start providers • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) focused on children (e.g., Save the Children, Southern Baptists, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services) • Child advocate organizations • Federal partners including ACF, ASPR, FEMA, others as needed (e.g., Small Business Association, HUD, EPA) SOURCE: White presentation, June 11, 2013. Note: ACF = Administration for Children and Families, ASPR = Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, EPA = Env- ironmental Protection Agency, FEMA = Federal Emergency Management Agency, HUD = Department of Housing and Urban Development. STATE PERSPECTIVE: NEW JERSEY CHILD TASK FORCE Allison Blake, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), discussed preparedness and response before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy. In the state of New Jersey, DCF is responsible for Child Protective Services, all of children’s behavioral health care, and services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DCF operates a network of special education schools for pregnant and parenting teens and children with profound
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families: Workshop Summary 118 CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PREPUBLICATION COPY: UNCORRECTED PROOFS physical impairments, and a very large network of community-based family-strengthening child abuse prevention programs. Blake noted that DCF has no responsibility or authority for sheltering or decision making around mass care. Each of the 21 counties in New Jersey has a county department of human services that is responsible for emergency
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