ABOUT US

Supporting families when life gets tricky

Branching Out Family Services offers support every step of the way. A variety of programs and services to assist families in meeting their own goals and connecting them to other families just like theirs. In addition to counseling, coaching, and referrals, we now offer therapeutic recreation programs, self care and DDD services.

ABOUT US

Supporting families when life gets tricky

Branching Out Family Services offers support every step of the way. A variety of programs and services to assist families in meeting their own goals and connecting them to other families just like theirs. In addition to counseling, coaching, and referrals, we now offer therapeutic recreation programs, self care and DDD services.

Adoptive and Foster

Boundaries and attachment are the name of the game when it comes to foster and adoptive families. Our programs can support you, your child and extended family gear up for success.

  • Fostering
  • Domestic Adoption
  • International Adoption
  • Transracial Adoption
  • Step Parent Adoption

Special Needs Families

A wide variety of programs and supports for families facing developmental and learning disabilities.

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Sensory Processing
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Developmental and learning disabilities

Meet the Founder

Cherrie Vierra-Lonkar

Executive Director

Counselor, Cherrie Vierra-Lonkar founded Branching Out, along with her husband, psychologist and professor, Dr. Brian Lonkar. Cherrie’s dream was to create a new approach to supporting families just like theirs. In addition to being behavioral health professionals, the Lonkars are both special needs and adoptive parents.

Meet the Team

We are proud to offer a skilled team with experience supporting families just like yours. Everyone has a unique connection to the communities that we serve.

Cherrie Vierra-Lonkar

Executive Director

cherrie@branchingoutfamilyservices.com

Melissa Shah

Programs Director

melissa@branchingoutfamilyservices.com

Katie Hurswicker

Community Support Specialist

support@branchingoutaz.com

Kiara Parker

Community Support Specialist

kiara@branchingoutfamilyservices.com

Adaorah Echezona

Community Support Specialist

chandler@branchingoutaz.com

KC Smith

Nonprofit Coordinator

gwp@branchingoutaz.com