This is Cherish W.
She is a 16-year-old girl.
Meet Cherish! Cherish is a very musically inclined teenager. She plays the violin in the school orchestra and also sings in the choir. Just this past summer, Cherish danced in a talent show. Cherish has ambitious goals for high school, including making the honor roll. When Cherish is not involved with school work or music, she gets lost in the world of reading, which she uses as an escape instead of dealing with her past trauma. She enjoys spending time with her caregivers and participating in their family activities. Her caregivers are very involved with Cherish, including checking in with her daily to work through any issues that have arisen, which helps her keep her regulated.
Cherish will benefit from a family that is calm and patient and offers her a predictable and structured environment. Cherish is caring and affectionate once she develops a trusting relationship with a person, but she needs a family who will give her time to do so. Cherish’s family will need to support her and encourage her to continue her healing therapy.
Heart Gallery portraits by Carrie de Pérez (top three photos, May 2019)
Heart Gallery portraits by Amy Ward (bottom photo, October 2015)
Video (below) produced March 2017