Established in 1973, when child abuse was a crime so unspeakable Americans did not speak of it at all, Casa de los Niños was among the first crisis nurseries in the United States. Founded by Sister Kathleen Clark, the first nursery was small. The vision was so big, however, that Casa de los Niños soon began to expand to meet became the growing need of families in Tucson.
From the very beginning, community members stepped forward as volunteers to help care for the kids in the nursery. They brought diapers and blankets and toys. They offered their help, with donations of time and money. Today we still rely on the community for support.
For 40 years, Casa de los Niños has led the way in preventing and treating child abuse and neglect in the Tucson area. We opened the first children’s crisis shelter, a vital service that we continue to provide. But over the last four decades, Casa de los Niños has significantly expanded and refined its service offerings to better meet the needs of our community.
In addition to offering targeted services, we are a voice on behalf of children. We are a voice for advocacy, supporting social services that provide vital resources for at-risk children and their families. We also are a voice for change. With the support of community leaders, volunteers, and donors, we seek to build a society in which no child experiences the misery of abuse and neglect. Together, we will continue to make a tremendous difference in thousands of lives.