Service dog brings comfort to the Child Center

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Child Center is a children's advocacy center that provides services for kids who have been suspected of abuse, neglect, or have witnessed a crime.

Amy Robins, supervisor of forensic services with the Child Center says, "So we essentially do interviews for police, prosecutors, and child protective service agencies to ensure children only have to tell their story one time after they've been a victim… When they get to a difficult art (Reka) will typically look up at them, maybe lick a tear from their cheek that's falling down-- anything that she can to comfort them. She really knows when they need her the most."

Reka was brought to the Child Center through C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, an organzation that trains and places service dogs with those in need, free of charge.

Pam Budke, Executive Director of C.H.A.M.P. says, "We train our dogs to help people become more independent and live an independent life… We've placed dogs in hospitals, in courtrooms, in child centers, and a variety of different organizations."

Reka has made a huge impact in the lives of those who visit the child center.

According to Robins, "Every kid gets to leave with a little stuffed animal of Reka as well, so we also hear the parents call back and let us know how comforting it is to the kids once they've left the center to still know they have the support of the agency."

The child center hopes to continue their partnership with C.H.A.M.P. for many years to come.

Robins says, "We're also really excited and hope to soon have another dog placed at our agency to help the parents who are also going through a hard time."


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