Our History

Our History 2017-03-16T20:18:09+00:00

CHERISH was started by a clinical social worker at Kindering in the summer of 2004 to provide a safety net of early intervention services to foster children who weren’t qualifying as delayed under IDEA, Part C. Because of adverse childhood experiences, we know that all foster children could benefit from support in the area of social and emotional development. Starting in 2010, Kindering realized that exploring other ways of qualifying foster children for services (other standardized tests; use of informed clinical opinion) opened up the possibility of expanding the CHERISH program to other Early Intervention agencies. The funding was secured in 2012 to begin CHERISH replication and expansion. CHERISH Replication training is funded through both public and private grants.

“Confronted daily with the unmet emotional needs of our littlest foster children – attachment concerns, traumatic experiences, regulation problems – CHERISH was created as a safety net to catch those who fell through the traditional EI system.”
Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW