For over 30 years, The Salvation Army Children’s Shelter has been a place of refuge and hope for over 7,200 Missouri children who—by no fault of their own—were unable to remain in their homes due to a family crisis, issues of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, or severe neglect. We are a safe haven—operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — for as long as a child needs us.
The Shelter provides care for up to 20 children at any one time ranging in ages birth through 17 years. It is the largest emergency children’s shelter in the Kansas City area, which allows for siblings to remain together and not be split between foster homes. Many of the children are placed here after they have been put into state custody due to a hotline call. These children remain at the shelter until the authorities determine the home environment is safe for the child to return to or until another suitable placement is found.
Other children are placed voluntarily by their parents when the family is experiencing a crisis, such as homelessness, hospitalization or incarceration. Voluntary placement is called Crisis Care, and requires that the parent work with our social work staff on the issues that brought the family to the point of needing assistance. This care is free for families. The goal is for children to be able to be reunited with their family within 30 days.