‘Surf’ the dog joins the Monmouth County Attorney’s Office
When kids are feeling anxious, nervous, or upset in some way, a warm hug from a dog can make all the difference in the world by giving them a little encouragement.
This is part of the reason the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office called in “Surf,” the watchdog who will work at the Child Advocacy Center.
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The “hiring” of the 4-year-old yellow labrador retriever was announced Wednesday by the MCPO, who said Surf is coming to the department with practice cars under his collar as well as “a relentless affable demeanor, and a unwavering commitment to serving one’s role. “
Surf’s role will be to meet with abused youth from across Monmouth County twice a week at the Child Advocacy Center as the MCPO offers a new type of therapy to help reduce anxiety of a victim and, in some cases, to help them. open up to help investigators solve certain crimes.
“Our Child Advocacy Center is designed to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our most vulnerable crime victims as they recover, and Surf’s arrival here takes that to a whole new level,” the prosecutor said by Monmouth County Acting Lori Linskey in a statement. “We couldn’t be more delighted to have him here.”
Acting District Attorney Linskey explains that Surf’s arrival in the office follows two years of planning and discussing ideas with Melissa Boege, Program Director of the Monmouth & Ocean Counties Family Growth Program for Charities Catholics, who has also worked at the MC Child Advocacy Center and through her work over the years, she has focused on providing therapy to children, adolescents and even adults since 2014.
In 2019, the California-based nonprofit Canine Companions, put Surf with her permanently.
“The children I work with have expressed a constant enthusiasm for working with a foster dog and explained at length how the dog will help them feel better, talk about difficult things and feel good. comfortable in therapy, ”Boege said in a statement. “It’s amazing how children who were previously shy, anxious, disengaged and provocative are becoming interested, engaged, enthusiastic, open and connected. “
Over the past two years, Boege has taken Surf to meet clients at the Red Bank Family Growth Program site and visit public and private schools in Monmouth County to present “Safety Steps,” a series of workshops. prevention of abuse.
“Surf has the perfect temperament to do this unique job – he is naturally calm, stimulating and reassuring, while responding enthusiastically to children and adults who encourage him to show a more playful side”, Multidisciplinary team of the Child Advocacy Center ( MDT) Coordinator Debbie Riveros said in a statement. “He fits in perfectly with our team.
Surf will be busy working with the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office, but when he has time he’ll keep you posted on social media, so if you want you can connect with him on Facebook at Facility Dog. Surf or Instagram at @facilitydog_surf.
Meet ‘Surf’, the new MCPO member
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