40 Years of Safe Kids, Strong Families
Child Crisis Arizona is entering our fifth decade 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 Crisis Arizona formed through the merger of two, long-established child- and family-focused agencies: Crisis Nursery and Child Crisis Center.
Crisis Nursery was established in 1977 in Phoenix, Arizona by Dr. Kipp Charlton. Child Crisis Center was founded 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. 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.
Child Crisis Arizona’s mission is to provide Arizona’s children a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families.
We do this through a variety of programs designed to support the thousands of children in out-of-home care and to strengthen those families who may be at risk. All of our work centers on our vision of Safe Kids. Strong Families.
You can read about all of these programs and their impact in our 2017 Community Report.
Child Crisis Arizona operates an Emergency Children’s Shelter facility for children up to age 10 who have experienced abuse or neglect. Open 24 hours a day each day of the week, we offer a safe haven for children who arrive due to neglect, abandonment, homelessness, abuse or parental incarceration. Our specially trained staff and volunteers provide comfort, care and support, as well as medical care, counseling and attention to developmental delays
With thousands of children in Arizona’s foster care system, the need for strong, well-prepared foster and adoptive families continues to grow. . We have one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. Our range of services and support, along with realistic training, prepares families for the placement of children of all ages and backgrounds. We serve single and two-parent families from a no-limitations spectrum of religious beliefs, ethnicities and sexual orientations.
Child Crisis Arizona operates a year-round Early Head Start and Preschool program in Phoenix and Mesa, serving 208 children ages 1-5. Low teacher-child ratios and small group sizes ensure that services are individualized and that children have opportunities to form healthy attachments with their teachers. Children receive myriad opportunities to develop the physical, social and emotional skills they will need to succeed in school
Child Crisis Arizona offers no-cost resources to families and community members through 300 different parenting classes, workshops, children’s playgroups, support groups and family events annually both onsite and in the community. We strive to build safe, stable, strong families through a Family Resource Model. Our programs assist parents and caregivers in dealing with life’s stressors by teaching and developing parenting skills in a non-judgmental environment.
Child Crisis Arizona offers specialized counseling to children who have experienced a variety of challenges to help them develop new skills and coping strategies that will help them be successful in their day-to-day activities. We also offer support groups, education and clinical support for kinship families (relatives raising related minors), such as grandparents raising grandchildren, to help them provide the best possible care.
The voluntary home visitation program partners with parents or expectant parents in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek to give them the tools they need to help nurture their child’s learning and development. The program connects families with community resources; provides developmental, vision and hearing screenings; and supports parents to ensure children are prepared for school before they enter kindergarten.