Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association Conference
Lisa presented “Children & Animal Abuse: What You Need to Know to Effectively Advocate” at the annual Maryland CASA conference in Annapolis, MD. The session focused on children’s relationships with animals as both risk and protective factors. We discussed why it’s important to take childhood animal abuse seriously and its relationship to other risk factors, including abuse and neglect. Key factors to consider when assessing animal abuse and approaches to exploring a child’s relationship with animals were presented. The session concluded with a discussion of trauma-focused strategies for intervening with children who have engaged in or witnessed animal abuse. Case examples were used throughout to illustrate key points. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions.