Child Advocacy, Abuse Intervention & Prevention
CHERISH is a 501(c)(3) child advocacy center (CAC) founded in 2009 that provides abuse intervention and prevention services to the community. CHERISH is Hamilton County's only CAC and also serves Tipton and other counties on request. We are Nationally Accredited and provide a neutral, supportive, safe place where children and teens can talk. All of our employees are trained child forensic interviewers. CHERISH provides referrals, and community education. CHERISH brings together a strong network of quality child services defined as a Multi-Disciplinary Team dedicated to decreasing violent harm to children and increasing thriving children and families in our communities.
Mission: Cherish is a non-profit organization that assists and protects children by removing barriers to investigation and treatment, as well as provides regional leadership in combating child abuse and exploitation.
The children come first in all we do.
We operate as a seamless team.
Each of us acts with a servant's heart.
To ensure that all children across the United States receive consistent, evidence-based interventions from Child Advocacy Centers. Ten standards are required to verify adherence to the highest standards of practice! These include: 1. Multidisciplinary Team 2. Cultural Competency and Diversity 3. Forensic Interviews 4. Victim Support and Advocacy 5. Medical Evaluation 6. Mental Health 7. Case Review 8. Case Tracking 9. Organizational Capacity 10. Child Focused Setting.
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Forensic interviews are provided to children who may have experienced abuse or who have witnessed a crime or other violent act. The primary aim of forensic services is to aid in ensuring the safety of the individual child as well as other children in the community. Forensic services are provided in a safe and child-friendly environment at Cherish.
Referral & Therapy
Cherish is a Child Advocacy Center and does not charge for its services. We provide education, emotional support, assessments, and refer for services for more specialized support such as counseling, trauma therapy, or medical services.
RESPECT is a girls group to help tweens and teens who have experienced or witnessed some form of relationship violence gain a healthy perspective of relationships.
Red Flags Campaign (TM) is a social movement to activate awareness of dating violence. According to the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the occurrence of teen dating violence in Indiana is consistently higher than national averages.
CHERISH is honored to partner with Child Lures, a national leading child personal safety program that provides research-driven prevention strategies and training materials.
The Importance of Child Advocacy Centers
CACS are child-focused centers that coordinate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse while helping abused children heal.