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Online Resources for Families Coping With Katrina's Aftermath

9/13/2005:   Several organizations have assembled useful online resources for children, families, caregivers, and school personnel to use during the recovery process following Hurricane Katrina, including the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

On the TLC website, parents and caregivers can explore the Parent Trauma Resource Center and read articles about how children and families can best cope with trauma and grief, including using interactive activities that help children of all ages recover from trauma.

School personnel can also download sample classroom presentations and letters to parents from the TLC website to use when dealing with an influx of new students fleeing hurricane ravaged areas. Information about the Cajun culture is also available on the site. Additionally, donations can be made online to help TLC distribute a storybook titled Brave Bart to young hurricane victims.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network website also has pages devoted to helping children cope following a hurricane. Explanations are provided about how children will often respond during a hurricane's aftermath, and what can be done to help them, as well as their parents or caregivers, during such a difficult time.

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