Java is a special member of the Child Advocacy Center team. Her job is to provide comfort for children during a forensic interview.
She is a highly trained professional who approaches her job with enthusiasm and boundless affection. She loves to meet new people, especially the children our center serves.
Java’s work at the Child Advocacy Center mainly involves her accompanying children in the interview room. She has a corner of the couch she likes to sit on and typically falls asleep during the interview. The kids can pet her and hold on to her leash while they are talking. She also meets with children after their interview if she is unable to be present for the interview.
Research has shown that the presence of a dog in an interview can significantly lower the heart rate, blood pressure, and stress biomarkers of the person being interviewed. It can also reduce anxiety and promote feelings of contentment and security. (Courthouse Dogs Foundation, 2019).