LAS CRUCES — The Child Crisis Center of Southern New Mexico will soon suspend services. On December 26, 2012, the board of directors for The Child Crisis Center (CCC) of Southern New Mexico voted to close the CCC effective January 31, 2013. The Child Crisis Center operates under the 501(c)(3) and guidance of La Piñon SARS.
“To everyone who gave of their time and resources in support of this initiative to address the problem of child abuse and neglect―we say thank you,” said Rhena Phillips, La Piñon SARS chairperson.
Founded as a pilot program in 2010, the Child Crisis Center of Southern New Mexico provided care to infants and toddlers 0-11 years of age, whose parents voluntarily placed them to prevent abuse or neglect. Center officials say the Center cared for approximately 180 children in its first 18 months of operation and add that the number is far below what the Center was originally designed to serve. Officials concluded, this, coupled with the high costs associated with maintaining a quality program, led to the decision to discontinue the operation as it is currently structured.
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