Happy 6th Birthday, Hayward!
Hayward Receives Honorable Mention
Child Advocacy Service’s Children’s Advocacy Center’s service dog, Hayward, was nationally nominated through Hallmark Channel’s 2013 Hero Dog Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the Service Dog category. CAS Children’s Advocacy Center Program is hosting Hayward, a trained service dog, through Canine Companions for Independence to work with children visiting our center who have disclosed sexual abuse. “We are so fortunate to be the only Children’s Advocacy Center in Louisiana offering this service to children," stated Program Director Joelle Henderson. Although he has only been with us for seven months, he has accompanied hundreds of children in their courageous journey to share their stories." “It is astonishing to watch this amazing service each day and know how impactful it is, not only to the children we serve, but our entire community," suggested Rob Carlisle, CEO. Hayward has given over 100 presentations throughout Louisiana. “Hayward makes it easier for us to talk about a very difficult subject; if we talk about it more, fewer children will need our services," stated Lori Banks, Victim’s Advocate and Handler. “I believe he is a hero and why he is doing so well in being nominated for this award. Already, Hayward is winning the hearts of hundreds each day in his advocacy for our children.”
Our sincere thanks to everyone who voted for Hayward for this award. He is truly a HERO in our hearts!
For a list of all the winners, see the link below.
Hayward Accepts Tree for Life42 children died last year in Louisiana as a result of child abuse or neglect. Children’s Hospital and the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center awarded 42 trees to community leaders across Louisiana in memory of those children who lost their lives to these preventable incidents. In a special ceremony Monday, April 22, 2013, Hayward received a tree to be planted at the local Children’s Advocacy Center in Hammond. Hayward is the first facility companion for a Children’s Advocacy Center in Louisiana. He was recognized for his advocacy to children visiting the CAC Center. Giving his award was newly signed Tight End for the New Orleans Saints, Ben Watson. Ben was introduced to the work for Children’s Advocacy Centers through former teammate Heath Evans. “Having four young children myself, I have a great appreciation for the work Children’s Advocacy Centers are doing to protect children” said Watson.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and blue ribbons are being displayed across Louisiana to raise the level of awareness and intention for all adults to protect children. “We were very proud to be honored with such an amazing award”, said Rob Carlisle, Chief Executive Officer of Child Advocacy Services. “We are very excited to plant our tree in our front yard on Church Street, and will honor the little girl who lost her life each year by tying a blue ribbon around the tree."
Also, we are very proud to be partnering with LeBlanc’s Food Stores to help us carry our message to the community about our work for children. They are posting blue ribbon cards in every store throughout our entire service area to promote child abuse prevention month. To learn more about getting involved as a volunteer with our CASA Program and make a direct impact in the life of a child, call us at 800-798-1575. Child Advocacy Services is a proud partner with United Way.
Pictured: Lori Banks, Victim’s Advocate-Handler, Hayward, CAS Facility Dog, and Ben Watson, #89 New Orleans Saints.