Every Dog Has His Day... in Court
By: Aaron Segel
February 22, 2018
Too many children have to appear in court and deliver testimonials in front of strangers and their alleged abusers. In 2014, there were over 80,000 investigated cases of child abuse or neglect, with 26% of them showing evidence of these crimes in the state of Michigan.1 Luckily the Canine Advocacy Program (CAP) is doing everything it can to make sure children don’t have to face the court experience alone.
The Canine Advocacy Program uses trained dogs to work with young children, aiding in the alleviation of anxiety and stress associated with the criminal justice system. It was formed in 2009 by Daniel Cojanu after it was suggested he look into a similar program in Florida. Right now there are 25 dogs all over Michigan that are involved with child advocacy, as well as 6 other dogs that work with veterans with PTSD with in the court system. Almost all of CAP’s 4 legged advocates come from the Leader Dogs for the Blind training program.
To donate or for more information about the program visit the CAP website here.
1 MI Department of Human Services’ “Children’s Protective Services 2014 Trends Report Summary.”