Serving more than 4,000 children in crisis since 1997
The mission of the Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter is to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed, resident-centered and family-focused care and shelter, in a safe and structured home-like environment, for children ages 6-17 that have been removed from their home by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse.
The CES allows children in crisis the opportunity to JUST BE KIDS!
Our GetREAL24 program helps young adults become independent and one of those skills includes receiving their driver’s license! Before the program, many of our young adults don’t have a valid driver’s license, car insurance or a reliable vehicle. We work with them on budgeting for vehicle payments, being legal on the road and becoming independent.
Many of our children come to us with old, worn out shoes that don’t fit their feet. Our “Shoes that Fit” program allows each child to shop for a new pair of shoes that fit their feet, fit their personalities and allow them to fit in at school. Make a difference in the lives of our children one pair of shoes at a time by supporting our “Shoes that Fit” program!
Timmy celebrated his 13th birthday with us and all he wanted to do was share his birthday pie with anyone who walked through our doors. We try our hardest to celebrate and create happy memories for our children while in our care. Join us in creating happy memories and celebrating birthdays for our children in crisis.
The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter Independent Living Program, GetREAL24, provides a fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment to young adults, ages 18 and older, who have “aged out” of foster care. GetREAL24 provides the support and resources to help these young adults transition to independence and become successful, contributing members of society.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, REPORT IT!
Child Abuse Hotline: 800.482.5964