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Kids in Crisis offers support during tragedy

Published 3:08 pm, Friday, December 14, 2012
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In light of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Greenwich-based Kids in Crisis is available to help the community, including providing emotional and therapeutic support for parents, students and school staff, and serving as a resource for the community.

Kids in Crisis has assembled its Crisis Response Team and will have crisis counselors and clinicians available to anyone in the community throughout the weekend and into next week.

The 24-hour crisis hotline -- 203-327-KIDS -- is a resource to anyone that needs support, including students, teachers, parents and community providers.

Kids in Crisis is available to meet individually with staff and students within schools, or act as a support to each school's crisis team as needed.

"Please do not hesitate to reach out to us," said Executive Director Shari Shapiro in a release. "We are here for you, and together we will get through this horrific atrocity that has shaken Fairfield County, and the nation."

Kids in Crisis (www.kidsincrisis.org) is Connecticut's only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises -- domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 112,000 Connecticut children and families; in 2012, 5,913 children and families received assistance from the organization.