Regional
10:35 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Child Crisis Center Opens In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – The Child Crisis Center of Southern New Mexico is now open after receiving their New Mexico State Operating License, which means they can receive and care for children from birth to five years old, whose families are in crisis.

"Thanks to everyone who pooled together for the last two years, the children of Southern New Mexico have a safe and loving environment to come to, and just in time for the holiday season," said Donna Richmond, Executive Director of La Pi on Sexual Assault Services of Southern New Mexico.

The Child Crisis Center has been a vision of many local citizens for several years. After the death of Baby Briana, community leaders came together, under the auspices of La Pi on, to develop resources for families in crisis and to provide a place for their children to stay at for up to 30 days. The Center's mission is to "To provide a temporary, safe emergency home for children of parents who are in crisis in order to prevent child abuse and neglect."

Trained staff is waiting at the Center to help parents and children, and the Crisis Center's ParenTalk line will be answered 24/7.

The Child Crisis Center is located at 999 W. Amador, Suite A, in the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Campus in Las Cruces. Call 575-636-3133 for assistance.