This program is designed to empower the children in terms of making a difference by raising funds as well as awareness by way of educating them about the challenges their peers may face, such as autism or related developmental disabilities. 

We believe there is no better way to create tolerance than through the eyes of a puppy being trained to help. Here is a video where you can see this for yourself...

Information on North Star Foundation’s placements with children is available here on our website; lingering questions are happily answered by sending a post to Patty Dobbs Gross at, or visiting the Getting Started page.

At North Star we believe it takes a village to raise a child with a challenge, and that sometimes it also takes villagers kind enough to raise funds as well as awareness.


Patty Dobbs Gross
Founder & Executive Director
North Star Foundation
20 Deerfield Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
+1.860.423.0664 (home)

"We help children find their way..."


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