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Save Babies' Lives: Free Help is Available

Crisis Nursery reacts to the death of Aliyah McFarland and offers advice to overwhelmed parents.

Parenting is hard (and sometimes stressful), but child abuse and neglect are preventable.  In the wake of the sudden , the Crisis Nursery staff would like to remind caregivers of children to learn and recognize “triggers” and “trigger events” that could possibly increase their chances of mistreating a child. 

There are many “triggers” that predispose an individual to abuse a child, including stress, unhealthy self-esteem, domestic violence, and a lack of parenting skills.  As a responsible and caring parent, guardian,or caregiver it is important to know your reactions to a “trigger event” while a child is in your care—especially if that child’s safety is at-risk.  This very knowledge helps build self-control, prompts you to seek help, and ultimately determines the difference between
loving redirection and abuse.

Remember that being a parent is one of the most joyful experiences, yet it can be challenging at times. There are resources to help when you need an extra hand, therefore, a challenging moment does not turn into a life changing tragedy. Crisis Nursery services, such as crisis counseling and short-term care, are always available to overwhelmed parents who need a break or intervention services. Make the decision early on tosave your baby’s life and keep your kids safe. Contact us 24-hours a day at (314)768-3201 if you need help caring for your children, birth through age 12, or someone to talk to.  We offer respite care to families in the St. Louis Metro area, St. Charles, Wentzville, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin and Jefferson Counties.

The moment of uncertainty will pass.  Help is available free of charge.  We’re here for you and your family.

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Ryan Martin September 05, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Thank you for sharing this post with the Arnold community.
Chatty Cathy September 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I've challenged those seeking extreme retribution to instead donate $5 to you to help serve our community and spread the word to put the baby down and step outside until you regain control. Where can we send it?
a concerned parent September 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
the crisis nursery is a life saver, to the people that it serves, but the 5 crisis nurseries are all located at least 30 minutes to an hour away from the arnold location. if a parent has the patience to get to their computer, find the phone number, call the help line, and wait the 5-7 mins that it takes to get a referral, then strap their child, that is frustrating them in the firstplace, into a car seat, then drive them to the center,then they probably would have either killed their child or calmed down by then. what really needs to happen is that a parent needs to be able to call a number like oh i dont know 911 maybe and someone would be there to get their child within 10 minutes no questions asked. there is a serious flaw in the crisis nursery system, and there is no crisis nursery in jefferson county, which desperately needs to change, there are 5 in the st. louis/ st. charles metro area, i guess that this arnold man, and the numerous others in the jeffco area are just SOL where aid is concerned. obvisously this is tragic, and very sad for everyone involved, but there really needs to be an easier way to get help for overwhelmed parents.
Crisis Nursery September 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thank you for your support of the Crisis Nursery. In addition to requiring respite care for their children, many families also need other supportive services, including utility assistance, mental health care, food, etc. A good way to ensure that a family’s needs are being met by area service providers is to donate to the United Way of Greater St. Louis Campaign (www.stl.unitedway.org). This organization invests more than $1 million each week in the community to help one in three people in need. For volunteer opportunities at the Crisis Nursery, visit www.crisisnurserykids.org.
Crisis Nursery September 06, 2012 at 04:25 PM
We can all agree that saving babies’ lives, keeping kids safe and building strong families is not only the Crisis Nursery mission, but a community goal. The Crisis Nursery standard is to be a ready resource for families in need; therefore, we provide free emergency care for families regardless of their geographic location or economic status. Parents who seek help from the Crisis Nursery will receive stress reducing parental advice, referrals for other supportive services and follow-up care through our Family Empowerment Program. Crisis Nursery’s helpline is available 24/7. Call us at 314-768-3201 to speak with a trained professional, or contact the United Way 211 helpline.

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