About the Shelter

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Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides 24-hour emergency residential care to children who are victims of family violence, neglect and physical and sexual abuse.

The Children’s Shelter is designed to meet the needs of these children by providing them with a safe and loving environment to reduce their trauma, through support and nurturing.

We are staffed and ready, day and night, taking in and caring for children in crisis. Children may stay with us for up to 45 days in a six-month period, before being placed in another foster-care setting or returning to their families.

Since opening in 1993, the Children’s Shelter has cared for more than 7,700 children from throughout the state of Arkansas. Our capacity of 48 beds, state-of-the-art complex, on-site school and on-site counseling services make us unique among children’s emergency shelters in Arkansas and our region. The combination of these features creates a stable, secure and loving environment where the hurts that children have experienced can begin to heal.


  • In 2014, 500 children were taken in by NWA Children’s Shelter.
  • That same year, 78% of the children served lived in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.
  • More than 7,700 children have stayed at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter since we opened our doors in 1993.
  • The current need is outpacing our ability to provide service. More than 8,600 valid cases of child abuse and neglect are reported in Arkansas each year. Nationally, about 3 million cases of child abuse and neglect are reported annually, involving about 6 million children. That comes to one report of abuse or neglect every 10 seconds.

Our Mission

To provide a safe haven, high-quality care and hope for the future to children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Our Values

Compassion: We will recognize and meet the needs of children with respect, sensitivity and unconditional love.

Excellence: We will set the standard for high quality service to children by performing above the expected.

Integrity: We will strive with our words and actions to be worthy of the trust placed in us.