Mission: To provide Arizona’s children a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families.

Vision: Safe Kids. Strong Families

Child Crisis Arizona’s vision is safe kids and strong families. We operate the Valley’s only two Emergency Children’s Shelters for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We have one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families to find homes for more than 18,000 Arizona children in foster care. We create strong and successful families through our home visitation, counseling programs and family classes and workshops. We are expanding our Early Head Start and preschool to some of the Valley’s poorest children in Phoenix and Mesa. There are many opportunities to get involved through volunteering, donating and advocating. To learn more, join us for a Day in the Life tour of our mission at one of the Emergency Shelters.


For decades, Child Crisis Arizona has been engaged in the work of helping our community’s most vulnerable children and families. In times of crisis, we are there to help. When no crisis threatens, we are there to strengthen families, build resiliency, and prevent crisis situations.

Child Nursery was established in 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona by Dr. Kipp Charton. Child Crisis Center was incorporated in Mesa, Arizona in 1981 by the Mahnah Club of the East Valley. Both organizations grew in many similar ways. Both operated emergency shelter facilities as a place to provide temporary shelter for children who were victims or in danger of becoming victims of abuse, neglect, or other forms of maltreatment. Over the years, the organizations worked cooperatively, yet also competed for the same resources in the community. Both organizations were debt free and had strong community support. With financial backing from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, the

Lodestar Foundation, and others, the formal merger took place. With the approval of each Board of Directors, the two became one entity in April 2015. Torrie A. Taj, CFRE, was selected to lead as Chief Executive Officer and we announced our new corporate name and identity in November 2015, Child Crisis Arizona. With an eye on the future as Child Crisis Arizona we remain dedicated to creating Safe Kids and Strong Families.

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