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Dogs in the Juvenile Courtroom

  • Sarasota Guardian ad Litem office, 3rd Floor 2071 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL, 34237 United States (map)

Location:  Sarasota Guardian ad Litem office, 2071 Ringling Blvd., 3rd floor, Sarasota, FL  34237

Details: The Twefth Circuit provides volunteer pet therapy teams for juvenile dependency hearings and delinquency arraignments to provide comfort and emotional support for the court participants, and particularly the children going through the court process. The teams, dogs and their human handlers, undergo and pass evaluations and court-related trainings. One guardian ad litem noted, after seeing a dog in Court, "I noticed more smiles in court than I had ever seen...I noticed one little boy who was having a very difficult afternoon sit with one of the dogs.  It seemed to calm him greatly. In fact he was able to speak in court.  Without the support, I question whether or not he would have been calm enough to speak." Join us to meet "Punky" , our own 12th Circuit  Court dog, and to learn about this wonderful and innovative program.

Time:  5-6:30 pm

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Or call 941-861-4830 for more information