The Crisis Nursery is the only New York City-licensed emergency respite care facility of its kind. Staffed by trained professionals, the Crisis Nursery creates a loving environment for children at a time when their primary caregivers need a safe place for them to stay.
For many families in New York City, lack of material and social support often means that even a minor crisis could leave children without an appropriate caregiver for an unsafe amount of time. These situations can leave parents overstressed, and without options for child care, children can be at risk. In 1982, The Foundling launched our Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery in order to provide a safe environment for these children while their parents respond to crises, and to prevent situations that could lead to foster care placement. Families enter the Crisis Nursery for a range of different crises, including loss of housing, parent health concerns, and escaping domestic violence, among many others. During these critical moments, the Crisis Nursery provides comprehensive short-term care and holistic support to guardians who are facing emergencies that leave children at high risk of neglect. Our comprehensive services aim to prevent child maltreatment and foster care placement by reducing family stress and connecting families with community resources to help them fight the risk factors associated with their crises.