Kids in Crisis, the area's free, round-the-clock crisis counseling center and emergency shelter, has received a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to fund the operation of the agency's Safe Haven for Kids program, which provides comprehensive counseling and emergency shelter for Fairfield County children and teens.

Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped area families and children through counseling and outreach provided by trained, on-site counselors. When home is not a safe or appropriate place for children to stay, they are welcomed into the Safe Haven for Kids program, which shelters up to 20 children, ages newborn to age 17, at the Kids in Crisis campus in Cos Cob. While temporarily residing at Kids in Crisis, these children receive intensive psychological and therapeutic individual and group counseling, comprehensive medical care provided by a full-time nurse practitioner, and in-depth educational support all amidst a supportive family-like environment.

"Funding from the Fairfield County Community Foundation will continue to help us provide families in our area with the care and services they so desperately need," said Shari Shapiro, executive director of Kids in Crisis.

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The organization has helped more than 112,000 Connecticut children and families. In 2011, more than 5,900 children and families in Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton received assistance. For information, visit www.kidsincrisis.org.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. The Foundation has awarded more than $151 million in grants to nonprofits. For information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.