We LOVE children and have a heart for those who have endured childhood trauma, including suffered loss, neglect, abandonment, and abuse. We strive to create a safe, therapeutic environment to help vulnerable youth overcome fear, loss, and trauma. We exist to provide a secure, family atmosphere where each child can receive acceptance, a positive experience for children and families to learn about the saving hope of Jesus Christ through animal-assisted services in a peaceful, calm, rural setting. Animals provide a purely non-judgmental space for individuals to work out their problems. Statistics prove that working with animals has resulted in behavioral improvement in children. We believe that the unspoken connection one can have with an animal can help aid in the healing process. The presence of animals themselves is soothing and can more quickly build rapport between a program child and their advocate. This is why we believe that our program is so essential.
Our First Steps Program offers 90-minute sessions for the child with a trained advocate which entail animal care, bonding, building trust, play, purposeful conversation, and curriculum promoting healing. While the child is in his/her session, our Parent Mentor provides educational tools in child-rearing, setting family goals, and fostering character-building skills.
Similar elements to First Steps where weekly sessions expand on the following: bonding with animal friend, building trust with advocates, healthy relationships with peers, time to study and share as the child works through emotions related to trauma in a small group setting with a goal of helping to reframe thoughts into a healthy mindset.
Our Extended Hands Program offers our facility and therapy animals, along with their handlers, to licensed therapists who are looking to incorporate animal-assisted therapy into their practice. Please call (513) 323-7573 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Relational Readers Trust Building Program
Research shows reading can have a calming effect on animals. Relational Readers is a one-hour program for all readers, where participants read to the animals in our farm. Readers provide soothing company to farm animals. As a bonus, new readers gain confidence and improve their reading skills.
Ambassadors Connect - Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Family Support Group
Led by a licensed Social Worker, offering support to permanent members of foster families who are affected by the loss of foster children transitioning in and out of their homes.