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TIP 4 KidsThe Need

Children do not receive the support they need immediately following tragic events. The reasons include:

  • Parents are unable to provide support because they are physically or emotionally injured
  • parents are taken into custody by law enforcement
  • children don’t express their need for assistance
  • and emergency responders are preoccupied with the emergency situation.

When TIP Volunteers Assist Children (Actual Calls)

  • Upon returning from school a child discovers his father hanging in the garage
  • Three small children are emotionally traumatized in a hospital emergency room after an auto accident in which their mother is killed.
  • Four children are left alone when their parents are taken into custody after a drug raid.
  • Two children witness a third child killed by a speeding Amtrak train
  • Fifteen children witness a man intentionally drive into their day care center killing two.
  • An 8-year old child discovers his father died of a drug overdose.
  • Thirty children witness a child crushed by a park bench at a YMCA park.

TIP Assistance Examples

  • Provide emotional comfort and support.
  • Protect from on scene dangers (traffic, gruesome sights . . .)
  • Provide with “comfort bears,” coloring books, and other comforting and reassuring materials
  • Explain emergency procedures in simple terms.
  • Reassure traumatized parent(s) that their children are being cared for.
  • Educate parents(s) and provide written materials about how to deal with children after a tragic event.
  • Arrange for follow up counseling services for children.
  • Provide on scene support to children by TIP Teens when appropriate
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