ABOUT

The Cherished Hands Foundation’s Purpose is to place hope in the hands of foster children while equipping them with the tools they need to grow up as functioning adults.

What’s in a name?
Cherish=Foster
Cherish is a synonym for foster which “implies sustaining or nourishing something with care, especially in order to promote, increase or strengthen it.” As a child is in foster care or in cherished hands it is our duty to nourish the child with care or strengthen the child while encouraging him to believe that all things are possible no matter what deck of cards life hands to you.

Many programs designed for foster children tend to focus on the counseling needs of the foster child rather than providing strong encouragement to push them to excel without limitation. One major complaint from former foster children is that no one really encouraged them or expected much from them. At Cherished Hands we believe that if children are equipped with the tools they need to succeed they will gain the confidence to function as productive adults. Our goal is that by having a program specifically geared towards foster children we can help alleviate some of the pain that comes with neglect and loneliness. Children in the Cherished Hands Foundation will recognize that they are not alone. As our focus is to assist each child to excel beyond limitations, most of our counseling efforts are addressed by outside resources and organization referrals.

Mission:
The Cherished Hands Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) recognized organization dedicated to the development and enrichment of foster children. Through cognitive, social and educational activities and field trips this organization unites foster children to build self-esteem, give them a sense of stability, and recognize that they too can achieve their dreams.
Purpose:
To place hope in the hands of foster children while equipping them with the tools they need to grow up as functioning adults.
Vision:
That foster children will no longer be statistics of the system but rather they will grow up and be the change this world needs.

What’s in a name?
Cherish=Foster
Cherish is a synonym for foster which “implies sustaining or nourishing something with care, especially in order to promote, increase or strengthen it.” As a child is in foster care or in cherished hands it is our duty to nourish the child with care or strengthen the child while encouraging him to believe that all things are possible no matter what deck of cards life hands to you.


Core Objectives
The objectives of the foundation are to:
Increase percentages of foster children graduating from high school and attending college
Minimize incarceration statistics of former foster children
Improve educational opportunities
Build strong social networks
Strive to reverse mental stigma
Develop life skills and independence
Create strong advocacy and support systems
Build necessary attributes of accountability and responsibility
And
Encourage high expectations for foster all children.

Child’s Pledge
I will hold my head up high
And strive for better
While enduring the worse.
I will build dreams
Far from the imagination
Founded on the principles of
Hope, Love, and Motivation
I will stay strong
To fight for a brighter tomorrow
To see that everyone lands
Into Cherished Hands.
By: Clarence Maple

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