Monday morning Comfort Cub and Supervisor Dave Roberts delivered therapy Teddy bears for child abuse victims and people who experience the loss of a loved one to the County’s Forensic Health Center at 121 North Fig St. in Escondido.
Forensic Health Services conducts interviews of child abuse victims across North County and the cuddly, weighted, therapeutic bears will help comfort the children through the process as they are clinically proven to calm and soothe those experiencing trauma.
The remaining bears will go to labor and delivery units at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus and Pomerado Hospital.
The Comfort Cub was invented by San Diego mother Marcella Johnson after she experienced the physical heartache after the loss of her son. The Comfort Cub is used at top hospitals across America to helpalleviate physical and emotional pain.
Forensic Health Services includes the Child Abuse Program (CAP) and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) that serve law enforcement agencies and victims across North County San Diego. The Child Abuse Program offers a safe place where a child abuse victim’s story is first heard, documented and believed; where kind, patient, highly-trained staff handle the delicate task of interviewing children and adults who are often stunned and traumatized, distrustful and scared.
The SART program performs forensic examinations of sexual assault victims and is one of only two such programs in San Diego County, as is the CAP program.
The staff works closely with local investigative and prosecutorial agencies to provide complete state-of-theart assessments of child abuse and sexual assault victims that may later be used in court.