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Lenny the Cavapoo: The Furry Companion Making a Difference at Match Foster Care

Lenny, a delightful one-year-old Cavapoo, has become an endearing presence at Match Foster Care. Most days, Lenny can be found at the office, where he not only brings joy to the staff but also plays a vital role in the therapeutic support provided to children. 

As part of Match Foster Care’s commitment to offering comprehensive care, Lenny’s involvement highlights the innovative and compassionate approaches the agency employs to support children and foster families.

Therapeutic Support with Lenny

Match Foster Care is renowned for its dedication to the well-being of children, reflected in its Outstanding Ofsted Rating

One of the unique aspects of their therapeutic practice is the inclusion of Lenny in therapeutic sessions. Our Therapeutic Practitioner frequently enlists Lenny’s help when working with children, as his presence can significantly lower the barriers that trauma often creates in traditional therapeutic settings.

Dogs have an innate ability to provide non-judgmental support, and Lenny is no exception. His gentle temperament helps create a safe and welcoming environment for children, encouraging them to express their feelings and experiences more openly.

The Healing Power of a Therapy Dog

Lenny’s role in therapy sessions extends beyond mere companionship. Interacting with a therapy dog like Lenny can offer numerous psychological benefits. For instance:

Reducing Anxiety and Stress

Petting and playing with Lenny can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, while increasing the production of serotonin, a feel-good chemical in the brain. This helps children feel more relaxed and at ease during therapy sessions.

Building Trust and Empathy

Developing a bond with Lenny can help children learn to trust and form healthy relationships. This bond can be particularly beneficial for children who have difficulty connecting with others due to past trauma.

Encouraging Communication

Lenny’s presence can make therapy sessions feel less formal and intimidating, encouraging children to communicate more freely. The act of talking to or about Lenny can serve as a bridge to more difficult topics.

Providing Comfort and Companionship

Simply having Lenny nearby can offer immense comfort to children, providing a sense of stability and unconditional love.

Match Foster Care’s Commitment to Excellence

At Match Foster Care, we operate out of two offices, located in Droitwich and Stoke-on-Trent, ensuring accessibility and support for foster families across a broad region. 

A key aspect of our approach is our round-the-clock support system. We understand that fostering can be challenging, so we ensure that help is always available, whether it’s for emergency situations or simply for advice and reassurance. This level of support helps foster parents feel confident and secure in their roles, knowing that they are never alone in their fostering journey.

The Importance of Fostering and How You Can Help

Fostering provides children with a stable, loving home environment that can significantly impact their development and well-being. It’s a vital service that supports children who are unable to live with their birth families for various reasons. Our outstanding services ensure that these children receive the care, attention, and love they need to thrive.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a foster parent, now is the perfect time to take that step. By opening your home and heart, you can make a profound difference in a child’s life. We offer comprehensive training and ongoing support to help you succeed in this rewarding role.

Visit our website to learn more about the fostering process and how you can get involved. Whether you’re ready to start your fostering journey or simply want more information, our team is here to support you every step of the way.