“They weren’t just staff to me, they were my guardian angels.”
The first few years of my life can only be described as precarious. The two adults who were supposed to be superheroes in my eyes instead turned out to be more concerned with drugs, alcohol and, for an unfathomable reason, hurting my brothers and I.
At 5 years old, this unsteady cycle of neglect and abuse came to an abrupt halt when Child Crisis Arizona took me into their open arms, and let me tell you, even though I did not realize it at the time, I had never taken a bigger sigh of relief.”
Read Thalia’s adoption story.
Child Crisis Arizona operates an the only licensed Emergency Children’s Shelter facility for children up to age 10 in Maricopa County. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Children arrive to due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or other forms of maltreatment when a family relative or licensed foster care family is not available.
More than just a place to sleep, our home-like shelter meets all of a child’s needs. Specially trained staff and volunteers provide help, comfort, care and support.
Children in the shelter receive:
- Nurturing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Balanced meals and healthy snacks
- Clothing and personal care items
- Attention to medical screenings and health issues, including vaccinations and visits to the doctor and dentists as needed
- Educational support and counseling
While kids are at the shelter, they participate in activities like art, music, dancing and swimming lessons, as well as visits from therapy dogs. Through the generosity of our donors, children at the shelter and in our foster and adoption programs may also attend field trips to performances, the zoo, museums and cultural events.
Parents and caregivers experiencing an emergency may also rely on the shelter if no other care options are available. The program is open to anyone in need of help caring for their children, based on availability.
If you suspect a child may be suffering from abuse or neglect
Please call the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s Child Abuse Hotline
1-888-767-2445 (1-888-SOS-CHILD), TDD: 602-530-1831