How do you prepare for a family emergency?

By Mohan Kanungo, Director of Parent Services

Headlines of devastated children left without their parents as well as the recent shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy, have led many of us to question what we would do to protect our families in case of an emergency

We may feel knowledgeable about how to prepare for natural disasters like earthquakes or fires, but not know how to have conversations with loved ones on other tough topics like immigration or violence. When disaster strikes, families of mixed immigration status may face uncertainty about engaging legal or social services they fear could lead to detention or deportation. 

As Director of Parent Services at Children’s Council of San Francisco, I want you to know that you are not alone. And, as a member of a family disrupted – a domestic violence incident led to the deportation of my stepfather to Brazil – I speak from firsthand experience: what feels insurmountable now does not have to define your future.

At Children’s Council, we embrace a family support model to provide services related to accessing quality, affordable child care, in addition to resources integral to ensuring your family’s overall well-being. We also provide opportunities to learn from experts in the field and build your peer support network with parents and caregivers.

So, if you are feeling stuck, or experiencing a sense of isolation or fear, remember: all of us at Children’s Council are committed to you and your loved ones.  

Here are a few steps you might take to feel more prepared and supported through the power of community: 

We welcome all families to share their concerns and questions, so that we can be continuously responsive to the needs of all families in San Francisco. There’s little disagreement that those most impacted by recent tragedies in the short and long-term are children. 

Children’s Council is here to support you and those you love!


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