With the increasing frequency of wildfires in California, it is important to keep in mind the safety, both physical and mental, of the children in our state. Below are some resources for both professionals and caregivers to use to support children impacted by both the fires themselves and the media coverage of them.
All resources are from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. For additional information please see their wildfire resources page here.
Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Arson and Fires
Offers parents guidance on helping their children after an arson or fire. This fact sheet describes common reactions children may have after an arson or fire, what to do to help, and self-care tips for parents.
Arson Fires: Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
Offers advice to parents on helping children understand media coverage while limiting their exposure to distressing images.
Trinka and Sam: The Big Fire
Helps young children and their families talk about feelings and worries they may have after experiencing a large-scale fire, like a wildfire.