Voices for Children
Our mission is to provide support and advocacy
for the abused, neglected, and abandoned
children in our community.
Tibet the courthouse dog featured on Tampa Bay Times
Children’s Therapeutic Room a Collaborative Effort
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2017) — A trauma-sensitive interview room for abused, abandoned and neglected children will be officially opened at the Guardian ad Litem office in downtown Tampa this month. The room will be available to GAL program partners such as the State Attorney, the Attorney General, Public Defenders, and other community agencies who serve children in the Hillsborough dependency court system. It was created through the efforts of a Yale Alumni group, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on October 17, 2017 from 4 to 6pm.
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Dogumentary selected for the Gasparilla International Film Festival
We are so proud and excited to share that our very own Team Tibet’s Dogumentary will be a part of the 2017 Gasparilla International Film Festival! You can view it on the big screen on Friday, March 3 at 5:15! Check out the details or get tickets at http://www.gasparillafilmfestival.com.
For the last 10 years, Gasparilla International Film Festival has brought the arts, education, and quality films to the Tampa Bay Area.
Tibet – “Did you Know?”
- 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.
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