Voices for Children

 


Voices for Children

Our mission is to provide support and advocacy
for the abused, neglected, and abandoned
children in our community.


 gasparilla
We have been selected to participate in the Gasparilla Charity Beer Garden again this year! Come on out on Saturday, January 30th! We have a primo location – we will at the corner of Swann and Bayshore. Do you want to have some fun and help us out? We are in need of volunteers! 
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our 2016 Gasparilla Charity Beer Garden.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Rc95bM
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
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World of Beer is hosting their 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!Golf Tourney Image 2015

Its that time of the year again! We are excited to announce that World of Beer’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Expedition will be held on Friday April 8th at the Westchase Golf Club and once again we are the beneficiary!
Player registration is now open, Please click on the link below for information on the event, as well as player and sponsorship information.
Player and Sponsorship Registration site:

 

Tibet – “Did you Know?”

 

tibet - tampa's courthouse dog

  • Tibet is a graduate of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), the country’s foremost assistance dog organization with 5 national campuses. Tibet is a graduate of the Southeastern Regional campus – or the Anheuser Busch-Sea World Campus.
  • Tibet’s trainer was an Orca whale trainer at Sea World prior to working for CCI. She now resides in Seattle, WA where she trains horses and dogs.
  • All CCI puppies are bred and born in the state of California. The headquarters of CCI is in Santa Rosa, CA. The puppies are sent to the regional campuses at 8 weeks of age where they are picked up by puppy-raising families. The puppy raisers socialize the puppies with many types of people (developmentally disabled, physically disabled), and with other animals. Puppy raisers teach their pups 30 commands before they are turned into advanced training at 18 months.
  • Most CCI dogs are 75% Labrador Retriever and 25% Golden Retriever. Occasionally CCI will graduate a pure-bred Golden Retriever. This DNA “recipe” makes for the most successful working dog.
  • Tibet’s carefully controlled DNA is just as important as her extensive training in terms of how calm and controlled she can remain in emotionally charged environments.
  • Tibet is worth an estimated $50,000.00 due to her controlled breeding and extensive training. Tibet was provided free of charge by Canine Companions for Independence.
  • Tibet is insured for $1 million liability by Canine Companions for Independence. This strongly reflects how much CCI is confident that they are providing the safest animal possible to traumatized children.
  • Tibet is on a strict diet – food is measured out twice a day and NO SNACKS!
  • Tibet graduated at 57.8 pounds and cannot vary in her weight more than 5 pounds in either direction.
  • Team Tibet must report in to CCI annually for testing and public access recertification.
  • Tibet can turn light switches on and off, open a drawer (with a tug strap), close a drawer, and push a pressure plate for an automatic door opener for the disabled. Tibet can pick up items and deliver them to you.
  • Tibet’s sister Tate works for the Napa CA District Attorney’ s office.
  • Tibet’s sister Tulah works as a victim advocacy dog in Oklahoma.
  • Only 40 percent of dogs entered into the rigorous CCI training program get to wear the blue graduate vest.

 

 

Learn more about Tibet

Children who have a GAL Volunteer…

 Do Better in School

 Are 50% Less Likely to Return to Foster Care

 Have Fewer Placement Changes

 Receive More Services

 Are More Likely to be Adopted

 Spend Less Time in Foster Care



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