Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518

jfitzmaurice@dutchessny.gov

Linda Monkman

Coordinator of Children’s and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766

lmonkman@dutchessny.gov

Toni-Marie Ciarfella

Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs

(845) 486-3434

tciarfella@dutchessny.gov

If this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance please contact 911

Crisis Counseling, Support, Information & Referrals

Dutchess County HELPLINE 

Toll free: (877) 485-9700

Stabilization Center

(845) 485-9700

NY State Central Register for Child Abuse 

(800-342-3720)

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Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause

Hudson Valley Pause for a Cause

All-volunteer non-profit Pet Therapy organization sharing the unconditional love of our dogs with those in need (501(c)3). Serving Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Our group participates in a wide variety of Animal Assisted Activities for children and adults. Our mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of the Power of Pet Therapy.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help those in need of emotional support of any kind. We are there to share a story, a smile, or to help a struggling child read or interact socially. We share the unconditional love and solace that our dogs give us everyday with anyone in need. It is through your generous donations and support that we can continue to thrive to serve our communities.

Our Qualifications

Registered and Certified – All of our dog/handler teams are registered therapy teams. They are highly trained and covered by insurance when they volunteer. They are also certified Reading Education Assistance dogs. These R. E. A. D. dogs are trained to be a catalyst in assisting children who are struggling with reading.