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Kids in Crisis gets $10,000 grant

Published 4:57 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2014
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Kids in Crisis, a round-the-clock crisis counseling center and emergency shelter, has received a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to fund the operation of the Safe Haven for Kids program, which provides comprehensive counseling and emergency shelter for Fairfield County children and teens.

Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped area families and children through free, round-the-clock crisis counseling and outreach provided by trained, on-site counselors. When home is not a safe or appropriate place for children to stay, they are welcomed into the Safe Haven for Kids program, which shelters up to 20 children, ages newborn to age 17, at the Kids in Crisis campus in Cos Cob.

While temporarily residing at Kids in Crisis, the children receive intensive psychological and therapeutic individual and group counseling, comprehensive medical care provided by a full-time nurse practitioner, and in-depth educational support all amid a loving, supportive family-like environment.

"We are deeply grateful to the Fairfield County Community Foundation for its ongoing support of our Safe Haven for Kids program," Shari Shapiro, executive director of Kids in Crisis, said. "Together, we can continue providing families in our area with the care and services they so desperately need."

Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 118,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, more than 6,000 children and families in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton received assistance from the organization.