History

The Kids in Crisis mission is to protect infants, children and teens from abuse and family crisis. To this end, we provide free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter and prevention programs in local communities and advocacy throughout Connecticut.

The roots of Kids in Crisis were first planted more than 30 years ago, in 1975, when a teen runaway from Greenwich, Connecticut, was sent to a shelter in New York City because there was nowhere locally for her to turn. As a result, the United Way, in conjunction with the Junior League and Hotline, launched a study of emergency needs for local youth. In 1978, the Youth Shelter opened in Greenwich, serving up to four teens at any one time. Three years later, in 1981, a 24-hour helpline for children and families was added, providing round-the-clock phone counseling and immediate, in-person crisis intervention services.

In 1993, the Crisis Nursery was opened in Cos Cob, the first facility in New England designed to serve the emergency psychological, physical and housing needs of abused and at-risk children, newborn to age 12. Four years later, in 1997, Kids in Crisis, now the official agency name, established its in-house TLC Health Center to provide immediate, comprehensive medical and psychiatric care for shelter residents. This facility is staffed with a nurse practitioner, psychiatrist and psychologist. That same year, Kids in Crisis introduced its one-of-a-kind education program, providing assessment and advocacy for shelter residents.

Today, children at Kids in Crisis also receive a full range of therapeutic care and recreational therapy. Children in residence receive individual and group counseling, as well as broad-based therapeutic services, including educational evaluation and support and regular art, dance and pet therapy opportunities designed to help heal the emotional and physical scars of each child.