St. Louis Crisis Nursery

Saving Babies' Lives, Keeping Kids Safe and Building Strong Families

aka Saint Louis Crisis Nursery   |   St. Louis, MO   |  http://www.crisisnurserykids.org

Mission

The SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis through:
• short-term care for young children in a safe and nurturing environment
• help families to resolve crisis
• ongoing follow-up support and education to families
• community outreach and awareness
• advocacy

The Crisis Nursery provides immediate crisis intervention; therapeutic respite care for children at high risk for abuse; strength-based, trauma-informed counseling; and individualized case management for families. Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at five Nursery locations and 10 Outreach Centers throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles' regions and are free of charge.

Ruling year info

1986

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. DiAnne Mueller

Main address

11710 Administration Drive, Ste 18

St. Louis, MO 63146 USA

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EIN

43-1410297

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families reaching out to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery are commonly experiencing crises related to: mental health concerns, past trauma, homelessness, intimate partner violence, drug/alcohol abuse, overwhelming stress, and an inability to meet their children's basic needs.- all factors which place children at a higher risk for child abuse and neglect. Often these parents have little to no support from their families or peers, making it difficult to meet their children's needs. Further, research consistently indicates that the these types of experiences place children at risk for a range of negative physical, developmental, and emotional health outcomes. More than 95% of the children served at the Crisis Nursery reside in single female-headed households living in poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Crisis Nursery Care

Provides 24-hour care for children at-risk of abuse or neglect; children receive a medical exam, developmental assessment, art/play therapy, 3 meals/3 snacks, clothing, toys, books.

Population(s) Served

Provides extended follow-up empowerment services to families, including home visits and parent education groups; activities and strategies designed to strengthen parenting include: observing and responding to early warning signs of child abuse/neglect; responding to family crises; facilitating parent networking and mutual support; linking families to services and opportunities; valuing and supporting parents; and facilitating children's social and emotional development.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of parents engaged in fewer acts of abuse and neglect of their children

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Families receive strength-based crisis counseling, care coordination, Parent Education Groups and ongoing support at 10 Outreach Centers throughout the St. Louis/St. Charles region, free of charge.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Crisis Nursery Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Children, birth - age 12, receive trauma-informed care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when families experience homelessness, domestic violence, overwhelming parental stress or mental health concerns.

Hours of crisis care provided to children

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Crisis Nursery Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children at-risk of abuse/neglect are provided 24/7 emergency care and receive: medical/developmental assessments, 3 meals/snacks, daily, therapeutic activities, clothing and take-home necessities.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery mission is the prevention of child abuse and neglect through emergency intervention, respite care, and support to families in crisis. Our mission focuses on improving the lives of children and families in the greater St. Louis/St. Charles region. We achieve our mission by utilizing research-based, best practices that are culturally competent and trauma-sensitive. The Crisis Nursery provides early intervention and prevention services to the most vulnerable children in in our community to prevent them from entering the child welfare system and being placed out of their home.

The mission of the organization is frequently represented by the following motto: "Saving Babies' Lives, Keeping Kids Safe and Building Strong Families". We accomplish this through:

• a 24-Hour Helpline for parents to call when the environment is unsafe for their child;
• 24/7 emergency Respite Care of children, birth through age 12, in a trauma-informed, therapeutic setting; where medical exams, developmental assessments, and evidence-based strategies for building coping skills and resiliency are provided;
• The Family Empowerment Program that addresses the family's presenting crisis through the development of a therapeutic treatment plan designed to reduce the children's risk factors for abuse or neglect.

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery service delivery model is trauma-informed which individualizes our approach to meet the specific needs of each child and parent. We identify and acknowledge their experience in the crisis, their resources, their needs, developmental age, regional supports, trauma history, cultural view. Our solution-focused goal setting is designed to look at their unique needs by hearing their story and building off of their strengths and skills.

Key strategies to ensuring children are safe is providing a responsive 24-Hour Helpline and emergency crisis care 24-hours a day, 365 days a year at five community-based locations; and ensuring vulnerable families have access to nine community-based Outreach Centers for crisis counseling, case management, Parent Education Groups and assistance with critically needed basic necessities.

Knowing the challenges that many families face, the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery conducts community outreach in identified communities where there is: limited access to mental health resources; racial and socio-economic disparities; unsafe neighborhoods; and a lack of childcare/schools.

Other strategies that ensure the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides a successful, cost-effective approach to preventing child abuse includes: accompanying the professional staff with volunteer utilization (30,000 hours annually) to keep personnel costs as low as possible; and a focus on maintaining long-standing partnerships with a diverse funding base and developing new sources. The Crisis Nursery also maintains collaborations with other community organizations to connect parents with longer-term services and sources of support.

The Crisis Nursery maintains a 96% success rate for averting child abuse and 98% success rate for no out-of-home placements for children.

Over 31 years after first opening its doors, SLCN remains true to the Crisis Nursery Model and remains abreast of current literature on the impact crisis nurseries have and the knowledge that what we are doing works:

• A study completed by the Missouri Children's Division in 2016 showed that the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery approach achieved 98% of children who did NOT have a substantiated child abuse hotline AND 96% remained in their natural family home.
• Crisis Respite: Evaluating Outcomes for Children and Families Receiving Crisis Nursery Services (ARCH National Respite Network) evaluated Crisis Nurseries' impact on subsequent instances of substantiated child abuse and neglect. There were three groups studied and the target families were far less likely to ever have a substantiated report of maltreatment than the families without nursery services.
• The Community and Children's Resource Board of St. Charles County conducted a Client Satisfaction Survey of its funded agencies and found that the SLCN had 98% of clients report “overall satisfaction with Respite Care services; and that 92% reported improved home situation".

Agency Core Competencies:
• Child Abuse Prevention Experts: 31 years of providing child abuse prevention services to the community; consistently sought to provide opinion, guidance and feedback to media outlets and community-at-large on issues surrounding child abuse prevention (i.e., for child abuse tragedies from all major television/radio outlets, during child abuse prevention month and for feature stories in print publications);
• Widely recognized Model for Crisis Nursery Development: consulted by communities throughout Missouri (Springfield, Franklin County, Columbia); the nation (Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, Florida, Texas) and across the globe (Viet Nam, Ukraine, Ethiopia);
• Successful Cost-Effective Model: facility-based model partnering with local hospitals that provide space, utilities and security, thereby reducing budget requirements; effective at securing donations/reduced-cost highly utilized items such as food, diapers, medical care;
• Strategic Partnerships: long-term, established partnerships include: United Way, SSM Health System, BJC HealthCare, Community & Children's Resource Board, Lincoln County Resource Board, St. Louis Children's Services Fund.

The SLCN has a long history of successful outcomes: greater than 98% of children served remain in their home and do not have a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect. Additionally, 94% of parents report reduced stress levels after their children received care, reducing their children's risk of experiencing abuse or neglect.

In the past few years the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery has identified needs in the community and been instrumental in creating new services to benefit children and families. These have included:

• Establishment of the Ferguson Outreach Center off of West Florissant Avenue providing material support and counseling for families in the community;
• Establishment of the new Jefferson County Outreach Center located on the campus of Mercy Hospital Jefferson to address a growing population of underserved families in South St. Louis County and Jefferson County in need of case management, counseling, and basic needs assistance;
• Operation Food Bag to provide immediate food items for families in crisis when food pantries may not be open or easily accessible; and
• Compassionate Care Program to provide material support for families facing challenges with chronic illness.

Financials

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St. Louis Crisis Nursery

Board of directors
as of 7/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Stephanie Hall

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes