Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow created Paws-4-Kids as a pet therapy program designed to comfort abused children who visit the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center. When children and their families arrive at the CAC, they have the opportunity of being greeted by one of three dogs now currently functioning in the program.
Studies have shown that these gentle therapy dogs ease and comfort children, and the children, in turn, provide a more thorough and detailed description of the traumatic events that necessitated their interview.
A very special THANK YOU to the Banfield Foundation for a veterinary assistance grant award for our dogs!
Jackson is an 8-year old, 63-pound yellow Labrador Retriever, licensed through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). He is available to welcome children upon their arrival at the CAC, and he keeps them company while preparations are made for the interview. While he is not in the room when children are interviewed -- he stays and plays with siblings, their parents or caregivers while they wait for an interview to conclude. Jackson helps ease the stress and provides some much needed comfort to children and families.
Kiwi is our 2 year-old Black Labrador “facility dog”. Shortly after her birth, Kiwi was selected for training as a service dog based upon her temperament, attitude, and interaction with people. Kiwi was donated by Support Dogs, Inc. Kiwi provides comfort, compassion, and companionship to children seeking services at the CAC. When needed, Kiwi accompanies children as they talk with our forensic interviewer about their abuse.
Malley is an 8-year old yellow Labrador Retriever. She was originally trained to be a Leader Dog for the Blind, but was career-changed and is now licensed through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Malley has joined Jackson and Kiwi to comfort children at the CAC.
Help us continue to provide hope, healing & justice for abused children.
Last year, the Will County Children's Advocacy Center served more than 660 Will County children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime.
Children who have been victimized, and receive services are less likely to: abuse drugs or alcohol, grow up to become victims of domestic violence, become involved in some sort of criminal activity, suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or develop suicidal ideation and self-harm.
Your financial gift can make a profound difference in changing a child’s life.