"Returning children to their normal routines is a proven way to help them recover from loss and from the frightening images of destruction they have experienced firsthand or they may have seen on television," said Shriver. "It also allows parents the time and space they need to get their lives back together."
Save the Children implements long-term literacy and nutrition programs in California's Central Valley and in San Bernadino. The agency also advocates at a state and national level to raise the priority of children in disaster planning, response and recovery.
Save the Children works in more than 50 countries, including the United States, and serves more than 33 million children and 32 million others working to save and improve children's lives, including parents, community members, local organizations and government agencies.
How to Help Children Cope with the California Wildfires
Ten Tips from Save the Children
By Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children
The dramatic images of wildfires wreaking havoc in southern California are having an impact on children not only in the immediate area where the destruction is taking place but also on children throughout the country who are watching the destructive power of the flames on television.
Concerned about the emotional well-being of their children, many parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers are looking for advice on how to respond to questions from children about unsettling and upsetting events that continue to be shown in the media about the fires and their impact on homes, families and pets.
Children often ask the adults in their lives to explain what they are seeing and reassure them about what will happen next:
"Will everything be OK? Why is this happening? What will happen to the children who have lost so much?"
How do we res
|SOURCE Save the Children|
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