Companions for Courage in Orlando, Florida, is a community outreach program that provides therapy dogs for children who have experienced trauma and need to confront that trauma in court. The dogs provide a sense of security, creating a bond with child victims, giving them the courage and confidence to face the court situation. The dogs enable the children to stay calm and tell their stories. The children feel protected with a big dog at their side as they face the reason for their trauma. A dog truly can be their best friend in this challenging experience.


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  • Heidi

    Thank you all so much and I hope this program becomes universally established on behalf of children and other victims of trauma and abuse. As a chaplain, I have seen too many incidences where victims feel vulnerable, defenseless, and retraumatized in trial situations. I'd love to see a dog by each of their sides! They are amazing! You all are. Thanks again and thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Diana

    I'd love to see dogs in every courtroom, especially where children are involved. And mite counselors, etc.

  • Sandip Sheta

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

  • Merala

    what a wonderful program!!!!

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    As a survivor of childhood trauma, thank you. Thank you <3

  • jerry

    dogs provide a sense of security===what a wonderful life for any body

  • shari shelton

    This reminded me of my friend, Ron Kirstein, who had his dog, Rusty, in his office often as a counselor, with the same results. Awesome!

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