current authorJane Beckmanoriginal authorBeth Helmstetter

Children organization

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery

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Saint Louis Crisis Nursery

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect.

The Crisis Nursery provides a short-term, safe haven for almost 5,000 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families face an emergency caused by illness, homelessness, domestic violence, or overwhelming parental stress. Providing respite care to stressed parents in crisis can prevent child abuse.

Parents bring children to one of five Nursery sites for 2-5 days free of charge and on a voluntary basis. While there, the children receive a medical exam, nutritious meals, trauma-informed care, and take-home necessities. Parents receive crisis counseling, in-home visits, and parent education groups at one of ten outreach centers. The Crisis Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois, and surrounding regions. The Crisis Nursery is an independent, not-for-profit agency.

In 34 years, we have served over 120,000 children. For more information go to


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