"Children and youth are at heightened risk in disasters and public health emergencies. Children and youth under the age of 18, who comprise 25% of the United States population, have 'unique vulnerabilities that must be addressed in disaster management activities and policies,' as the National Commission on Children and Disasters noted in its 2010 final report. A particular challenge addressing the complex needs of children, youth, and families is that the systems providing services to this population are diffusely spread across a number of different sectors, including the schools, child care providers, Head Start programs, pediatric health and behavioral health providers, recreation groups, community- and faith-based organizations, child welfare authorities, emergency management, social services, family violence prevention and services, public health authorities, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), and other governmental, nonprofit, and private sector partners. To promote effective coordination of these diverse systems and agencies, a promising practice that has emerged in several recent disasters is the Children and Youth Task Force model. […] This document is designed to introduce Whole Community partners to the Disaster Children and Youth Issues Task Force concept. It provides recommendations to states, Tribes, territories, and local communities interested in launching their own task forces, and outlines how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is able to provide support. The guidelines are intended for emergency management, human services, and public health professionals to support a coordinated, integrated, and effective approach to children's needs in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery."
Administration for Children and Families: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/