A Therapy Dog for Lexie
Organized by: Kerri Aunt Kerri
Kerri Aunt Kerri via Crowdrise
August 16, 2015
I own a very small foster care agency in Colorado: Courage Community Foster Care. Lexie is a 13 year old who has been with my foster family for over a year now. And do you know what? That is the longest that Lexie has ever made it in one foster home. She has been in more than two dozen placements since the time she was two years old.
The reason she's made it in my foster home over a year? Lexie has an incredible foster mom who adores her...this foster mom will fight for Lexie and what she needs, because she is in it for the long haul. We'd love to see Lexie get to the place where she can stay with her foster mom forever. To do that, we need to work through some pretty difficult behaviors. We know that talk therapy does not work, nor does a cocktail of psychotropic medications. My foster mom and I have years of training in trauma as it relates to the brain and body, and what we know is that a therapy dog will help Lexie to regulate better than any other mode of "treatment". We will be working with Noelle's Dogs Four Hope, a local organization, to secure this resource: www.noellesdogsfourhope.com
The problem is that this dog will not be funded by Department of Human Services, so it's up to us! This one dog could quite literally be the difference between Lexie staying with her family, or going to live in a residential treatment facility. Again.