From the Executive Director: How You Can Help

We are deeply heartened by the community’s response to fight for Connecticut’s children. People have been asking “how can I help?” Here are the ways that you can make a difference:


With the sudden loss of $750,000 in funding, our greatest need at the moment is monetary donations to help fill this gap.

  • Give a donation by clicking here. Every amount counts.
  • Start a campaign on behalf of Kids in Crisis by creating your own personal page on


·       Create your own community fundraiser (garage sale, bake sale, car wash, etc.) which would also help spread the word about our services.  

  • Hold a fundraiser at your office or child’s school (themed lunches, sell holiday items, hold an auction or a contest, etc.)
  • Donate unused credit card points or airline miles which we can use in our fundraising events.
  • Donate extremely unique experiences that Kids in Crisis can auction. 


Let your community leaders and media know that Kids in Crisis is important and vital. Your voice is critical and makes a difference.

  • Write letters to:

o   Governor Dannel Malloy  


Mail:  Office of the Governor

State Capitol

210 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

Call:  860-566-4840

o   Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz

Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mail: Commissioner's Office, Department of Children and Families

505 Hudson Street

Hartford, CT 06106

Call:  860-550-6300

o   Your local legislators (click here to find yours) and your local newspapers.


  • Donate meals for our children in residence. Details can be found here.
  • Volunteer at the shelter or in one of our community-based prevention programs. Find out more here.


Thank you for fighting for Connecticut’s children.

A Special Note from the Executive Director

What would you do if you called 911, and found out the service has been shut down – only in your community? Kids in Crisis is the “911” for children and families in Southwestern Connecticut facing a non-medical crisis. This past year, Kids in Crisis responded to more than 900 calls from our 24/7 hotline, (203) 661-1911, where more than 80% of those calls were identified as emergency calls. With the vast support of the community, Kids in Crisis has served more than 132,000 Fairfield County children and families. This year alone, Kids in Crisis provided assistance to more than 6,000 children and adults in Darien, Greater Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

The State of Connecticut, due to budget constraints, has decided to cancel its contract with Kids in Crisis. This means that Southwestern Connecticut will no longer have State-supported emergency beds for children in need of temporary shelter when home is not safe. This cancelation of the Kids in Crisis contract has effectively eliminated all State-supported beds south of New Haven.

This decision made by the State was justified by its sense that the need for those beds no longer exists in this region. However, in the last 12 months, Kids in Crisis provided more than 3,000 bed-nights of emergency shelter for Fairfield County families in need (an increase of 16.5% from last year), and responded to approximately 400 in-person, urgent crisis-counseling meetings (an increase of more than 20% from last year). These numbers affirm that the need has not diminished, but has in fact increased.

Based on State budget cuts, the responsibility to provide emergency, short-stay beds for children in crisis in Southwestern Connecticut has now been shifted to Kids in Crisis, the ONLY remaining agency providing emergency and respite beds in the community to children birth to 17.

Kids in Crisis is committed to continuing its important work, despite the loss of $750,000 in funding from the State. Since 1978, Kids in Crisis has been providing crisis intervention and emergency shelter services for children and youth of all socio-economic backgrounds, who cannot immediately remain at home. The short-term shelter program is designed to stabilize the crisis, provide emergency respite in a therapeutic environment that is trauma informed, conduct a comprehensive assessment, strengthen family capacity and reintegrate and transition the child back home or to family-based setting.

Children of Southwestern Connecticut should not be allowed to fall prey to State budget cuts. Kids in Crisis will continue to respond to the needs of each child with support of the agency from individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations, while actively working to secure additional support from private and corporate donors, as well as community partnerships.

To donate, please click here.

Thank you for fighting for Connecticut's children,

Shari Shapiro, Executive Director

November 10, 2015