Column: Kids in Crisis, a 365 Degree Lifeline


By Shari Shapiro

While Kids In Crisis is embedded into the fabric of Greenwich and lower Fairfield County, most people don’t realize all that we offer. Kids In Crisis is a 365 degree lifeline for children 0-17 and their families. We are not just an emergency shelter for children. We are a free resource, available 24-hours a day, for families and caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed and unsure.

Not everyone needs a shelter, most people need support, advice, guidance and referrals. Take the example of Karen, a local supporter of and volunteer for Kids In Crisis. She knew our programs well, and had been working with us for several years. Her family had experienced two unexpected deaths very close together, and her teenage son was extremely effected. It was not until she was approached directly by a Kids In Crisis’ TeenTalk in her son’s school, that she realized Kids In Crisis could help.

Kids In Crisis has resources that support and educate kids from preschool to high school, and we serve hundreds of children and families each month. If you’re wondering if you should call us, if your situation is important or serious enough to discuss, then you probably should call us. Our help is free, and confidential. 

Call 203-661-1911. Whether you’re a child, parent, relative, teacher, therapist, doctor, neighbor, friend, or anyone concerned about the welfare of a child, a Kids In Crisis counselor will answer your call 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. 

Shari Shapiro is the Executive Director of Kids in Crisis

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