The Children’s Haven Opens 2015

It is with so much gratitude that we opened The Children’s Haven on November 2, 2015. The Children’s Haven was created to give foster kids the opportunity to succeed by bringing a variety of support programs under one roof. The not-for-profit evolved from the organization originally known as CASA for Children, Inc. The new Children’s Haven name better encompasses all of the services provided for foster children.

“One of our visions was to create a more appropriate visitation environment for supervised parental visits with foster children,” said Deidre Hollands, executive director of The Children’s Haven. “There was no safe and secure place for visits. They were happening in fast food restaurants – what do you do with a 3-year-old for two hours in that type of environment?”

WellStar Health System teamed up with The Children’s Haven and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® to create a safe and warm home environment for these visits. “Because of WellStar and Bright Horizons, we were able to make the Visitation Center very much like a home,” said Hollands. “It’s incredible to have the opportunity to create a place where children and families in Cherokee can begin to build a life well lived together,” said Karen Mathews, WellStar director of WorkLife services and Cherokee Chamber of Commerce board member. “WellStar is about enriching the lives of our community. This center will have a tangible impact on families in Cherokee.”

Bright Horizons is the vendor that manages WellStar’s onsite childcare and backup care programs for team members. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children creates “Bright Spaces®” for kids that may not have exposure to other positive environments. Bright Horizons joined WellStar to design the Visitation Center at the Children’s Haven.