Project Description


CHildren Encouraged by Relationships in Secure Homes: The CHERISHâ„¢ Program for Foster Children

As a foster parent or relative caregiver, you play an essential role in the life of the child in your home. Kindering is privileged to walk alongside as you cherish your child! Young foster children are particularly vulnerable and may need special support to get the right start in life. CHERISH is an infant mental health program designed to meet the needs of foster children in tandem with a traditional early intervention program. This unique program supports both child and caregiver as they discover each other and journey through the child welfare system through an array of services that may include:

  • A complete developmental evaluation for children ages birth to 3
  • A psychosocial assessment to identify any emotional or adjustment issues specific to children in foster care
  • A therapeutic home-visiting program that supports attachment and emotional development
  • Individual caregiver consultation or brief therapy with a staff social worker
  • Support on such issues as:
    • Forming secure relationships after change and loss
    • Challenging behaviors
    • Visitation with birth families
    • Working through the experience of abuse and neglect


Therapy and support services through the CHERISH program are free to foster or relative caregivers. These services are made possible by the generous funding from United Way, The Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation, and other donors.


Anyone can refer a foster child to the CHERISH program. Foster children must reside within King County and be under age 3 at the time of referral to be eligible for CHERISH services. For more information about CHERISH services, to locate a program near you or make a referral, please:



Call (425) 653-4321

CHERISH Support for Young Foster Children