Coping Resources

Resources to Help Families of Young Children Cope During Disasters and Traumatic Events

Helplines/Crisis Numbers TALK TO A LIVE PERSON 24/7:

  • Sonoma County Behavioral Health 24-hour Emergency Mental Health Hotline  –  (800) 746-8181
    Disaster Distress Helpline open 24/7, 365-days-a-year for counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural disasters. Call (800) 985-5990 toll-free, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for multi-lingual, confidential crisis support.

Sonoma County Resources

  • – A free bilingual, self-guided resiliency training website that can assist people with anxiety, triggers from the recent fires, depression and more.
  • Disaster Case Management – Call Catholic Charities at (866) 542-5480

Resources specific to fires and natural disasters:

  • Helping Young Children Recover After the No. CA Wildfires from the Napa Parent-Infant Child Institute – (English) (Spanish)

Resources for Grief/Loss:

Helping children cope after a death that occurs under traumatic

Local Counseling and Support:

  • Child Parent Institute – Support For Children From Birth Through Age 5 and Their Caregivers. Assessment, treatment, consultation, training, and parenting support is available through both children’s counseling and parent education departments. To schedule an appointment or learn more about services, please call (707) 284-1500.
  • Early Learning Institute – : For Childcare Providers –The Consultation Project offers trauma focused training and support and flexible, site-specific consultation for staff and families. For Families – The Watch Me Grow Project offers help finding community services via phone consultation;supportive home visits and social/emotional screening for children birth to 5 years of age. All ELI services are free. Call (707) 591-0170.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: For non-emergency resources, or to talk to someone about mental health issues (your own or someone you care about), please call the Warmline at (866) 960-6264; the Warmline is available Monday to Friday 9-5 PM excluding holidays.  Mental Health resources also available on their website.
  • Petaluma People Services Center: individual and group counseling, children’s expressive arts group,  skills for Psychological Recovery, a  skills-training intervention designed to accelerate recovery and increase self-efficacy. Survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. Fee service/sliding scale, reimbursement by their insurance, MediCal or Beacon.  Please call –  (707) 765-8488
  • Sonoma County Behavioral Health: mental health programs promote the recovery and wellness of individuals through specialty mental health services, advocacy, and education. Services are provided in partnerships with clients, families, other agencies, and community providers.

Therapists who specialize in working with young children:

  • Audrey Boggs, PsyD: (415) 295-2428, Santa Rosa.
    Insurance: Private Pay
  • Christy Livingston, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist: (707) 395-7550, Santa Rosa.
    Insurance: United Behavioral Health, Sutter Health Plus, Optum Behavioral Health, Tricare, Private Pay accepted on sliding scale.
  • Kelly Rathman, LCSW: (707) 695-6427, Petaluma.
    Insurance: Beacon, Private Pay
  • Jenni Silverstein, LCSW: Infant Family Mental Health Specialist, (707) 546-0506,  Santa Rosa.
    3-5 free sessions available through RECAMFT
    Insurance: Beacon, Blue Cross, Sliding Scale
  • Meg Tippy, PsyD:  (707) 237-5209, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.
    Insurance: Beacon, sliding scale, some pro-bono. Provides telehelp as well.

Emergency Doula Service:

  • BetterBeginningsforBabies: Emergency Doula Service is now virtual and can supply anyone with a cell phone doula support during labor. The Breastfeeding Cafe in Santa Rosa is open weekly and the staff are prescreening all who attend, both volunteers and families. Hot line number available everyday for families who need support: (707) 902-3031

Parents and Caregivers are strongly encouraged to read the activities and/or books to yourself first to determine whether the story would be helpful to your child.

  • Once I Was Very Very Scared: A book to help children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them.
  • My Fire Story: A guided activity workbook for children, families and teachers
  • Trinka and Sam: The Big Fire: A story to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced a large-scale fire, like a wildfire.

Resources for Childcare/Preschool and Early Childhood Education:

  • Sonoma County Community Child Care Council (4C’s): Help with finding and paying for childcare. Call the Resource and Referral staff at (707) 544-3077.

NOTE: First 5 Sonoma provides this list as a reference tool and does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. We offer this list as a resource for the public.