Who We Are

Child Crisis Arizona serves families by preventing abuse and neglect, advocating for the needs of families and children, and supporting parents, caregivers and children in times of need.

We Prevent

Preventing abuse and neglect is critical to building healthy families. We offer parenting education to support families and provide parents the information they need to provide safe, stable homes for their children.

We Advocate

Arizona is currently in a foster care crisis, with more than 19,000 children in out-of-home care. We advocate for both children and families to ensure that policy reflects the latest research on how to build stronger families and effectively care for children in crisis.

We Support

Child Crisis Arizona educates caregivers through parenting courses and early childhood education programs. We also license, train and support foster and adoptive families. Our Emergency Shelter provides temporary housing for children in crisis.

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


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 Carlton. 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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