Mission: The primary purpose of the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is to provide a safe haven for children, birth through age 12, thereby preventing child abuse and neglect, and to support the needs of families. Children are cared for in the Nursery for any situation that may jeopardize their health and safety, including: parental stress, domestic violence, homelessness, and other family crises. The Crisis Nursery services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at four locations throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles' regions and are free of charge.
Target demographics: children, birth to age 12, who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 6,500 children and counseled more than 5,200 families
Geographic areas served: St. Louis, Missouri
Programs: S.O.S. for Kids: Provides 24-hour care for children at-risk of abuse or neglect; children receive a medical exam, developmental assessment, art/play therapy, 3 meals/3 snacks, clothing, toys, books; Family Empowerment Program (FEP): Provides follow-up support services to families, including home visits, “stay-at-home” parent services and parent education groups; 24-Hour Helpline: Immediate access to crisis intervention, counseling, and resource referrals for families.