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Crisis Nurseries

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Crisis nurseries offer a safe, stable place for children when families are overwhelmed and need help. They also offer outreach, support and training to families to prevent child abuse and neglect and help families offer safe and nurturing home environments.


Families can use the service for up to 72 hours at a time. It is a free service that is available to parents who are experiencing stress due to parenting, illness, domestic violence, homelessness, employment, school, or other crisis situations.


Crisis nurseries in Washington include:


  • Keystone Crisis Nursery, serving Mason, Lewis, Thurston Counties: 360.786.8907, ext. 100
  • Gray's Harbor Children's Advocacy Center: 360.249.0005
  • Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane: 509.535.3155
  • Safe Harbor, serving the Tri-Cities area: 509.783.5734