In 2012, State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow established the Paws-4-Kids program and asked Cheri Johnson to bring Jackson to the Children’s Advocacy Center to comfort children. At the time, Glasgow said: “Jackson makes an invaluable contribution to the mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center. He provides a calming presence for frightened and vulnerable children who visit the center to be interviewed about allegations of abuse.  He’s always available for hugs and pets at the most traumatic time in their lives."

Jackson, a Labrador Retriever, was licensed through Therapy Dog International.  For 10 years, Jackson welcomed children when they arrived at the Will County CAC and kept them company before and after their forensic interview. Jackson was not in the room during the interviews; he remained with siblings, and many times parents or caregivers, while they waited for an interview to conclude. Cheri started working for State’s Attorney Glasgow in 2007. She and her husband, Kurt, made Jackson available at no cost to taxpayers for all the petting, playing and hugging a child can squeeze in before and after a victim-sensitive interview. Studies have shown that dogs and other pets can put people, especially children, at ease during emotionally stressful situations.

Paws-4-Kids

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

Jackson is a 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

Kiwi is our 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

Malley is a 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 700 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.