Considering an autism service dog to assist your needs can be daunting. We want to help you through that process! We will help you decide whether it is a good choice for your family and challenges, then help you choose an agency that best fits those needs. Sometimes Paws 4 Autism is the right fit....sometimes another agency. We have several specialists that we refer to when needed. Currently, we our focus is on working with families in the Kansas City region. However, we will consider and consult on a case by case basis with families outside the KC Metro.
First step is our basic online application:
After we review your initial application, we will schedule a phone interview to go over your application and answer any questions you may have. If both parties agree to proceed, then your application is sent to our Board for preliminary approval and an in home meeting will be scheduled.
During the in home meeting we will discuss the process in detail and do an initial evaluation of the client with one of our service dogs in training. If both parties agree, then a home study will be scheduled. The home study consist of a minimum of three in home visits by Lennis Marvel, LCMSW. Mrs. Marvel has detailed psychotherapy experience working with both youth on the spectrum as well as with autism service dogs and serves as an adviser to the Paws 4 Autism Board of Directors. You will receive a complete copy of the home study that will be sent to our Board for final approval into the program. Cost is $500 and is included in the total amount needed for fundraising.
Families in our program are provided a fundraising page where they can share photos and tell their story. We do everything in our power to help our families with their fundraising efforts. Assistance can include business cards for sharing with other to direct them to your fundraising page, banner use for activities (lemonade stands/garage sales/ movie nights/etc.), team fundraising at PAWS events (Funds that your team raises for our events are credited towards your goal), and sharing on our social media pages. Also, any sponsors that you secure for Paws are credited towards your goal.
We do request our families to raise an average of $500 per month to maintain their position in the program. Families may choose to withdraw at any time, however funds raised for the program will not be refunded.