Courthouse Facility Dog
A Dogumentary about Tibet, Florida's First Courthouse Facility Dog
The mission of the Courthouse Facility Dog Program of Voices for Children is to champion justice with support through trained courthouse facility dogs and to provide emotional support for the abused, neglected and abandoned children who are facing the dependency court system during stressful and difficult proceedings.
About Team Tibet: Tibet was purpose bred by Canine Companions for Independence. Tibet’s training started in infancy with intentional and strategic early life experiences to prepare her for life as a working assistance dog. Tibet received two years of training passed a nationally standardized training and certification program. She is a true courthouse facility dog.
Since beginning work in February 2014, Tibet has assisted in courtroom testimony, forensic interviews, depositions, forensic medical exams, sexual assault exams and human trafficking cases. She helps to calm traumatized children, so they can find their voice and share what happened to them.
Brenda Kocher is a trained Guardian ad Litem volunteer and Tibet’s full time handler. Brenda is one of 4 handlers, in the country, who do this program as a volunteer! It is her desire to provide the safest and highest level of care to the vulnerable child victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. Periodically, Team Tibet report to CCI for testing and public access re-certification.
We are looking to grow this program in Hillsborough County. Interested in learning how you can help? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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