Franklin’s favorite dog promotes child advocacy in new book


Franklin’s favorite dog promotes child advocacy in new book

Debuting his new book, one Williamson County face greeted his readers with the wag of his tail and a paw print signature Thursday night.

Court Appointed Service Assistant Rocklin stars in a new children’s book, “Rocklin Goes To Work,” based on what he does every day inside the Williamson County Courthouse.

In partnership with the Williamson County Public Library, the local CASA nonprofit decided a book would be one of the best ways to reach out to the children they serve. CASA regularly helps kids in the county navigate through the court system, becoming their advocates and support. The group deals with kids experiencing neglect and child abuse, who have to face a legal or foster care situation.

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Rocklin, a golden retriever pup, provides a calming influence and a soft place to land when kids need him the most.

“The book helps kids know what to expect,” Williamson CASA Executive Director Marianne Schroer said. “It can be scary. But we know kids who can go in prepared can fare better. It’s also celebration of these kids walking through something this difficult.”

Williamson County Public Library Director Dolores Greenwald greeted Rocklin with a pet and a kiss atop his head as soon as he walked in the door on Friday.

Having the ability to self publish, the library routinely helps out nonprofits, but she said this one felt special.

“I think [the book] is important, because it will explain and help children who are about to go through this,” Greenwald said. “We’ve been working on this the past year and half. We had illustrations and photography. And we think it turned out great.”

Those interested in reading the book can find it on the shelves at the Williamson County Public Library. Those who are interested in purchasing the book can do so through the Williamson County CASA site. Schroer said she hopes to ultimately place the book on Amazon for sale.

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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