Resources for Parents & Caregivers in Texas, Louisiana & Florida

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Sharing information to protect and support children and youth
in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Children’s Defense Fund – Texas and Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional Office are committed to raising awareness about the challenges facing children; connecting children and families to resources that help to meet their needs; and working with partners to coordinate broad support to improve the well-being of children. The Children’s Defense Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly to ensure a level playing field for all children.

This newsletter is published to help families and communities in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida recovering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma protect and support children and youth – to ensure their protection, ease access to basic needs, and provide for their psychosocial development and positive growth through the delivery of health, social, and supportive services.  Please share this information widely and let us know of additional resources.  We will publish this newsletter each week over the next two months.

If you have questions, suggestions, or wish to share articles or resources with us, please, email us at

Thank you for remembering the most vulnerable among us as the recovery begins.


Victims of flooding

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Rebuilding is not an easy process. Though hurricanes Irma and Harvey have passed, the survivors face a long and challenging road. CNN’s story answers the questions those affected have in mind - What’s Next?

Hurricane Harvey Resources

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If you or someone you know needs assistance across all affected areas of Hurricane Harvey and the Florida counties in the path of Hurricane Irma call 2-1-1. Call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about evacuation routes, shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs throughout the storm.

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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: Resources/How to Help:

Free help line: Optum is offering a free emotional support help line to impacted individuals. The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources. Along with the toll-free help line, emotional support resources and information are available online at

Additional resources:


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More places to donate:


Hurricane Irma Resources


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Hurricane Irma: Prepping the kids
Prepare your children and yourself for the storm’s aftermath.

Support Grassroots Florida Organizations Helping Communities Recover and Rebuild
Many grassroots organizations are already working to help the most vulnerable communities impacted by Irma recover. Support them.

USDA Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Irma

Help Hurricane Irma Victims While Avoiding Scams

How to help Hurricane Irma victims?

What to do now? Where can I donate blood? Where to donate cash? The PBS News Hour compiled a list of national and local organizations helping post-Irma recovery efforts.


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