Beesley's Paw Prints Pet Therapy Program

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Children are referred to CPT by the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF), the agency responsible for answering the Abuse Hotline. Following the assessment, staff makes a recommendation to DCF and law enforcement (if involved), who determine what happens next.

CPT Medical Services provides comprehensive medical assessments for children who have suffered some type of abuse or neglect. The goal of the assessment is to detect, diagnose, document and treat any injuries or conditions that may have resulted from suspected abuse or neglect.

 

The Beesley’s Paw Prints program includes animal lobby greeters; a reading program at Pine Manor; therapy animals in group/individual sessions, at forensic interviews and evaluations; and to help with court testimony preparation. Lobby greeters, usually puppies, help to reduce anxiety among the children and parents waiting in the lobby, especially if it is their first time at the agency. The puppies also help educate the children on appropriate animal treatment and care, as well as boundaries and empathy. 

The reading program at our Pine Manor After School Program can improve children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. Reading companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner as a team. Pet advocate teams are registered through nationally recognized organizations such as Therapy Dogs Inc. and Pet Partners.


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Family First
The Family First program is a voluntary violence prevention and intervention program designed to provide families with the knowledge, skills and support they need to manage risk factors associated with violence and abuse. The program is offered to parents whose children attend one of four designated daycares in Lee and Hendry Counties or the Pine Manor After School & Summer Program. To make an appointment, call 239-939-2808 in Lee County or 239-462-6441 in Hendry County.
 
Partners in Parenting
Partners in Parenting is a parent education program based on the "Nurturing Parenting Program," an evidence-based curriculum developed by Dr. Stephen Bavolek, Ph.D. for the treatment and prevention of child abuse. It consists of weekly classes (day and evening) in English and Spanish at several Lee County locations. Free childcare for infants and toddlers is also provided.
 
Pine Manor After School & Summer Program
This prevention-based program provides curriculum-based activities for children ages 5-12 who reside in Pine Manor. The goals of the program are to keep clients safe and help them reach their full potential by teaching them literacy skills, social skills and character-building skills. The program operates out of the Pine Manor Community Center (5547 10th Ave., Ft. Myers) Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 PM and in the summer or during holidays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  
 
East United Way House
The East United Way House (4040 Palm Beach Blvd., Ft. Myers is a multi-agency outreach center offering social services which reflect the needs of the East Fort Myers community. For a current list of partner agencies, please call 239-313-7719 during hours of operation, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Food pantry hours vary, call 313-7719. Services are available in English and Spanish.

Child Protection Team

Family Alliance is a child-friendly outpatient counseling program that provides therapeutic treatment to children who have been abused or neglected; children who have witnessed or experienced family violence or a violent crime; non-offending parents; adult survivors of child abuse.

 

The goals of the program are to assist clients in overcoming abuse-related behavioral and emotional difficulties; and to help clients develop effective coping skills, healthy socialization skills and safety planning skills.

 

Services are offered Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and on Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All services are free of charge.

Prevention Services