Crisis Nursery Services

Crisis Nursery at the Children's Aid Society 

What is the Crisis Nursery? 

We are a support to families that otherwise have no support and a valuable asset to the York community area. We offer short term respite care (day/overnight), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children newborn through six years of age. The Lehman Center has one of only three crisis nurseries in the state of Pennsylvania. In 1987,  'The Lehman Center' opened it's doors. At that time Child Abuse was the #2 cause of death for Children in York County, PA. 

Why do Parents and Guardians use the Crisis Nursery? 

Families voluntarily bring their children to our center for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Overwhelming parental stress
  • Lack of healthy family support system 
  • Lack of utilities, food or shelter
  • Emergency medical need
  • Other emergency situations which jeopardize the safety and well being of the child and necessitate temporary parent-child separation.
  • Health/medical issues of parent or other family member (ie. siblings).
What is the Average stay? 

The average stay for a child is three overnights. During his or her stay at the Crisis Nursery each child receives care by trained, loving staff and volunteers. These professionals provide individual attention to children who are coming from stressful environments. Parents are encouraged to visit with their children by phone or in person each day.

How do I use the Crisis Nursery? 

For Overnight Clients: Please call ahead (717-845-5771) and schedule an appointment to be placed on the waiting list 

For Day Respite Clients: For clients who wish to use the Crisis Nursery for Day Respite services only, it's requested that they make an appointment when they know the date(s) they would like to utilize the Crisis Nursery. Priority in scheduling is given to overnight respite clients. 

Walk ins are accepted (if space is available).

Intake process:

Please plan approximately one-hour (depending on the number of children) on your first visit for the intake process and approximately 30 minutes for future stays in the Crisis Nursery. This is where we will need to complete paperwork related to your child in our care. 

What parents say about our Crisis Nursery

“I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have a safe place to leave my daughter when I had nowhere! I thank God for all you have done for my family."

“I used your services a long time ago when I was in a horribly abusive relationship. You kept my children safe and also helped me find the strength to leave my abuser and find the resources I needed to make a home for my family.”

“I will never forget what you did for my family and one day I will find a way to repay the kindness you showed me."

“You supported me when no one else would.”

Administrative Office

343 Lincoln Way West New Oxford PA 17350
Phone: 717-624-4461
Email: info@cassd.org



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