40 years ago Kids In Crisis opened as an emergency shelter for teens, in response to increasing numbers of runaway and homeless adolescents with no local solution.
In 1981, the Crisis Helpline was initiated to assist children and families avert escalating crises by providing free, 24-hour telephone and face-to-face intervention, counseling and referrals.
Services were expanded in 1993 to include the Crisis Nursery, providing emergency shelter for younger children – newborns to 12 year olds – and, in 1997, Kids In Crisis was licensed for its on-site TLC Health Center.
Working with community partners, TeenTalk and SafeTalk began in 2000 to provide education and prevention programing. Today, these programs are integrated into 22 elementary, middle and high schools in southwest Connecticut, providing school-based counseling, prevention and educational programs to help protect children and preserve families.
Since its founding, Kids In Crisis has provided more than 143,000 critical social services to children, teens and their families. Kids In Crisis staff serves on more than a dozen children’s advocacy working groups at the national, state and local levels. Kids In Crisis has received local and national recognition for its work and serves as a model for other organizations throughout the world.