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Assisting Children in Crisis to Develop Resiliency: Home

This guide provides resources to support children dealing with tragic events such as natural disasters, death, illness, and violent acts. It also addresses the special situations that children of military families face.


It's difficult to imagine or prepare for a tragedy such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting or to envision the supports the students, families, educators, and whole community will need in the years to come.  Children elsewhere are also impacted by what they hear, view on television, and how they interpret that news.

We also know too many students in cities throughout Connecticut frequently face deadly violence in their own neighborhoods.  Others in any community, at any time, may endure a natural disaster, illness, or death in their family or witness domestic violence.  Children of parents that serve full time in the military must adjust to new schools, peer groups, and other changes in their environment due to ongoing moves.  While, children whose parents serve in the Reserve or Connecticut National Guard may be unfamiliar with military life, yet face the same concerns regarding deployment often without the military community supports nearby. 

Fortunately, there are a number of a national and local mental health organizations that has experience dealing with crisis and offer resources to help parents, educators and the children themselves better understand their needs in difficult situations.  This Libguide compiles resources available in the SERC library, articles, tip sheets, guides, and weblinks to state and national organizations that offer additional resources and specialized support.   


Resources and listings in this LibGuide do not indicate approval or endorsement by SERC or the Connecticut State Department of Education. The listings are provided solely as a resource of general information.

Authors and Editors

I wish to acknowledge the support and contributions of the SERC Library staff, particularly, Kristin Lavoie, Donna-Lee Rulli and Diana Whitehill who contributed to the research and creation of this document.