Dog Companion to Comfort Kids at Williamson County CASA

Rocklin, a golden retriever, has joined the team at the Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (WCCASA) to give emotional support for the children and everyone working around CASA, the non-profit that provides care for children coming out of neglectful and abusive home situations.

As the largest non-profit provider of assitance dogs, Canine Campanions is recognized worldwide. Canine Companions trains four types of assistance dogs: service dogs, skilled companions, hearing dogs and facility dogs, like Rocklin. After completing an extensive training period, the dogs are teamed with a graduate during the two-week team training period.CASA

Rocklin knows more than 20 commands, and as a canine companion for CASA, Rocklin will accompany children into court rooms, in front of the Foster Care Board, and in interviews with the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and Juvenile Court in hopes to help them be more comfortable while facing the challenges of coming out of an abusive or neglectful home.

“One of our advocates recently said, “there is something about the outside of a dog that is good for the inside of a child”–and the WCCASA staff and board members couldn’t agree more,” WCCASA wrote in a press release.

WCCASA was chosen out of many applicants for Canine Companion program approval back in December. Executive Director of WCCASA, Marianne Schroer, traveled to Orlando in early February for two weeks of training and to learn how to take care of and work with a facility dog.