About Us

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Our Mission

The mission of the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County is to provide child abuse prevention, intervention, and shelter services to abused, neglected, and high-risk children living in Stanislaus County and the adjacent communities located within the Merced and San Joaquin counties.

The Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County (CCC) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of high-risk children impacted by family crisis. Immediate program goals are to reach children at-risk and intervene with healing childcare, educational opportunities, and crisis mitigation services before family circumstances escalate into violence.

Incorporated in July 1980, the Children’s Crisis Center has served the community for over 40 years with State Licensed Group Home, Day Care and Infant Care Centers. In response to community need the Crisis Center has expanded to include five shelter sites: Guardian House (Oakdale), Sawyer House (Modesto), Verda’s House (Turlock), Marsha’s House (Ceres) and Audrey’s House (Modesto).

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Our Philosophy

We strive to ensure that each child’s basic needs are met with the utmost quality care to prepare them for learning

Inspired by the philosophy that all children deserve equal opportunities for learning and growth, especially those at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation, the Children’s Crisis Center strives to ensure that each child’s basic needs are met with the utmost quality care to prepare them for learning. Our program model delivers quality learning opportunities to advance the knowledge and skill set of all children who participate. With purpose, each child is engaged in rich opportunities that foster their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Overall, this system integrates the educational and school readiness benefits of quality learning services with the protective elements of a child abuse prevention program. The ultimate goal is to effectively promote healthy development, cognitive growth and learning advancements for underprivileged high risk children, all while addressing the critical needs of their at-risk family circumstances.

Our Approach

Today, Children’s Crisis Center provides help and safety to over 7,200 children each year.  We help hurting and abused children, strengthen families and provide safety in times of crisis.

The Children’s Crisis Center continues to be the only program in Stanislaus County offering a broad approach to child abuse prevention.  This approach includes the provision of shelter, protective childcare (respite care), crisis counseling, therapeutic intervention, case management, and parental guidance in order to protect high risk children from family abuse.  Program methods are solution focused, intended to emphasize family strengths, and driven to influence future positive outcomes for children with meaningful change for families.

The Children’s Crisis Center partners with all other local organizations serving children and families and is relied upon as a reputable resource for children at risk. The Crisis Center routinely collaborates with other professional agencies (such as, local law enforcement, social services, courts, and local schools) in coordinating services for families.  The Crisis Center also recruits professionals from the fields of law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, medicine, etc. to serve on our Board to administer program activities addressing the needs of local children at risk.

The Center offers all services to families free of charge.

Help a Child Today

Almost 50% of our program activities are financed through charitable donations.

Click here for a list of items you can donate

To talk with a Crisis Counselor or inquire about Children’s Crisis Center services for an at-risk child, contact us at (209) 577-4413, 24 hours a day.


Keeping Children Safe

Our immediate goal is to reach children at-risk and protect them with 24-hour emergency shelter and childcare services before they are harmed.

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