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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.
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.