December 1, 2019
Imagine a place where all children and youth in York Region who have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect feel welcome and safe. A place where criminal justice, child protection, and mental health services are fully integrated and under one roof. A place where multi-disciplined teams are committed to ensuring that our processes do not cause further harm. A place where everyone is dedicated to ensuring the right resources are in place to help children/youth and their families begin to heal from the trauma.
Welcome to Project Hope.
York Region’s first Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
This is the vision of Cedar Centre, York Region Children’s Aid Society and York Regional Police. This vision began when we spoke with key stakeholders in the community who work with children and youth who have experienced abuse. We all agreed that we can do better. We can improve how well we work together so every child, youth and their families receive the very best child-focused investigation, treatment, support services, and advocacy under one roof.
Over the next few years, we will work towards the development of York Region’s first Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) by collaborating with other organizations in the region to create a place that minimizes further trauma to the child, feels safe, and respects the diversity that makes our region unique.