Mission, Vision, Purpose


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!


The vision of the Children’s Shelter is to meet the residential, developmental, and therapeutic needs of youth who have been placed in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect, and to adapt to the changing needs of youth in foster care.


 The purpose of the Children’s Shelter is to provide supportive services in a safe and stable living environment to youth in foster care who have been abused and neglected.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, REPORT IT!

Child Abuse Hotline: 800.482.5964