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About Kids In Crisis

Located in Cos Cob, Connecticut Kids In Crisis provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis. Crisis can include domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, economic difficulties, and other critical challenges. The Kids In Crisis Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day with trained Crisis Counselors, and provides free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since its founding in 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to almost 170,000 children and teens, and their families. Providers, educators, community members, and family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour helpline: 203-661-1911 for support.

We work on behalf of kids every day by:


Getting children and teens out of the dangerous situations they may be facing


Giving kids and families the support and tools they need to heal and thrive


Strengthening existing support systems so future crises can be averted more

We focus on challenges children, teens and families face:

Family conflicts




LGBTQ Support


Domestic Violence

Youth Homelessness

School Stress

We commit to making immediate change happen by:

Being there when we are needed

It all starts with a phone call to our helpline 203-661-1911. We are always just a call or a drive away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Providing individualized attention and care

We understand children, teens and families have unique situations and we work together to create individualized plans for success

Leading the conversation

Our multi-disciplinary team including mental health professionals, advocates, activists work in communities to shape discussions about how to address and prevent crises that children face

Our Mission

Building healthy communities where children and families thrive through prevention, counseling, and crisis services available 24 hours every day.

Our Vision

A community where all children are happy and safe.

Our Impact

helpline callers received immediate crisis counseling and referrals in FY23
Children, teens and families have been helped since 1978
Students currently have access to a TeenTalk counselor in their schools/clubs
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