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Coping with Disasters and Strengthening Systems: A Framework for Child Welfare Agencies

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement

February 1, 2007

Across the country, natural disasters, man-made crises, or medical events can affect the routine ways child welfare agencies operate and serve children, youth and families. It is especially important for agencies caring for vulnerable populations—such as abused and neglected children—to do what they can to prepare for these disasters.This publication has a dual purpose—to help managers think through what they might put in place to cope with disasters, and to highlight how taking these steps can improve systems for serving children and families.


NRCOI Coping with Disasters