Chicks in Crisis was established 25 years ago with a simple mission: to reduce the number of infants and children in the Sacramento region facing abandonment, foster care, abuse, or even death, by teaching responsible parenting skills so children can grow up in a home with family and love to every child. Today, working with more than 400 clients each month, primarily in South Sacramento and Elk Grove, Chicks in Crisis:
- Ensures that pregnant women and babies get the pre- and post-natal care that they need, including driving them to doctor appointments and assisting them to sign up for Medi-Cal and access other healthcare.
- Increases the number of parenting teens, foster youth, and other at-risk students graduating high school. In 2020, we celebrated 57 graduates from high school, college or trade school!
- Helps to keep girls out of sexual exploitation by offering alternatives, positive relationships, baby supplies, and most of all hope.
- Provides counseling to dozens of clients who suffer from traumatic pasts, conducted by a licensed trauma psychologist and graduate student interns.
- Teaches good health and nutrition and gives fresh produce to young parents and other teens, including workshops on healthy food shopping and cooking family meals.
- Maintains family size through education that emphasizes the importance of taking care of the first child before having another.
- Offers workshops for pregnant and parenting youth in high schools, medical clinics and partner programs.
- Distributes over 200,000 items every year: diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, hygiene and other baby items each year to young parents, meaning that parents do not have to leave school in order to afford them.
- Builds nurturing relationships with young women and men who often lack family support.