Children’s Haven has been providing safe, nurturing care since 2003 to area children, ages birth through seventeen, at no cost to families. Children’s Haven provides temporary shelter to area children in a safe, secure environment while their parents resolve a family crisis. We are unique – being the only shelter in our area where kids can stay without a parent while parents retain custody. A family crisis may include but is not limited to homelessness, parent or sibling hospitalization, fear of child abuse or neglect, lack of food or utilities, parents seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment, or incarceration of a parent.
Children’s Haven provides:
Through the services we provide, we work to protect children, prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce family stress, and ultimately keep families together.
In 2000, many community organizations, social workers, educators and community members recognized the need and joined together to create a safety net for children and families experiencing crisis here in Southwest Missouri. After conducting focus groups to further examine the issues underlying their findings, a report, “Advancing the Common Good,” was released at a community summit. Of the 19 issue areas graded on this report card, child abuse had the dubious distinction of receiving the only “F” with area rates almost double the Missouri state average. It was noted that too many times in our area an innocent child suffered the repercussion of a caregiver's overwhelming stress. As a result, Children’s Haven opened in January 2003 and has become an important safety net for children and families experiencing crisis here in the Four States.