The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento provides a spectrum
of services for youth in crisis across the Sacramento
region. Founded in 1944 through a cooperative effort of the
Junior League of Sacramento and the Rotary Club of Sacramento,
CRH has risen to meet the specific needs of each child in need of
our care for 76 years. Previously at two other locations, the
Children’s Receiving Home has been located at its current site
since 1965, on six acres of land deeded to the agency by the City
The continuum of care we offer includes an on-site preschool for
the youngest survivors of family trauma; outpatient mental health
care for children residing in the community dealing with anxiety
and depression; and residential treatment for children who have
suffered abuse, neglect or other trauma.
Services by Board members are crucial in helping the Children’s
Receiving Home successfully transition to changing federal and
state funding priorities while also continuing to ensure care and
support of abused, neglected and traumatized children and teens
in the Sacramento region and neighboring counties.
A list of some of the questions we receive the most. If you have a question for us that isn’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us!
Who are the kids you serve?
Our Residential Therapeutic Program serves children and youth from throughout Northern and Central California. Children are referred to the program from child welfare agencies and/or commercial insurance providers such as Kaiser, Anthem Blue Cross and Magellan. Most children and youth come to our residential program from either a resource family home, residential treatment program, hospital or their biological family home.
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) serves children and youth from the Sacramento region referred by their commercial insurance provider such as Kaiser, Anthem Blue Cross and Magellan. Children and youth remain in their home while attending the PHP day treatment program on our campus.
Our Sprouts Trauma Informed Care Preschool primarily serves children from Placer County however does have space available for children residing throughout the Sacramento region. Children are referred through Placer County Behavioral Health, Child Action, or parents paying privately. Children reside in their home while attending the Sprouts program during the day.
How do kids get to CRH?
Kids come to us from their own homes, relatives, foster home/resource family, or a residential treatment program/ hospital.
What do they do while they live at CRH?
The Children’s Receiving Home offers a variety of structured yet supportive therapeutic programs to meet the individual needs of all of the children served in our various programs. We have a daily routine that encompasses a variety of services.
In our residential program, children and youth are supported to maintain their academic studies and are encouraged to participate in the after school Power Hour Program where they are supported in completing their homework or other educational enrichment activities. Children and youth continue to attend their original school of origin in the majority of situations.
Children and youth participate in a number of therapeutic and social skill development groups and activities throughout the week based upon their individual treatment needs and interests.
Daily after-school recreation and activities are planned every week and participation is encouraged. Family visitation is strongly encouraged and supported throughout the week based upon individual family schedules. Our evening activities include movies, dances, game nights in the gym, etc. and are very popular. Recreation staff also plan off-grounds outings such as bowling, laser tag, and shopping at least once a week and a block party picnic/BBQ once a month.
Aren’t you a County facility?
No, we are a private, non-profit 501c3 agency. We receive referrals from Sacramento, Placer, Nevada, Amador, Sonoma and many other Northern and Central California counties. Most of our funding derives from grants, contracts, and donated dollars. Anyone needing to report a case of suspected child abuse in Sacramento County should contact Child Protective Services’ hotline at 916-875-KIDS (5437).
Who works with the kids?
Children’s Receiving Home staff usually come from the field of Social Work, Social Services, Counseling or are otherwise committed to working with children. It is hard work and not for everybody. However, we are fortunate to have extremely dedicated people working here who have found within themselves the capability to do the work we are called to do. Learn about our current opportunities here.
How can I help?
We rely on – and are grateful for – community support at all levels. First and foremost, dollars help. We can also use donations of new clothing, gift cards, activity supplies, and anything else you might imagine kids between the ages of 6 and 18 need. These are the children of our community and need what all children need in order to learn and thrive. You can view our current Wishlist here.