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Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

York Region’s First Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

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Imagine a Place …

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.

Bringing our Vision
To Reality

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This is the vision of Cedar Centre, York Region Children’s Aid Society, York Regional Police, Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services, and Jewish Family and Child Service. 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.

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Project Updates




October 2023

Welcome to our Fall newsletter with the latest updates on our pilot program, Dress Purple Day along with a few of the recent findings in Raising Canada's 2023 report. DASA/YRP Pilot Program To guide planning and resource allocation for the future CYAC, we launched a DASA/YRP pilot in September 2022.  Both organizations collected data during the six-month period between September 2022 and March 2023.  The information collected included case counts…




May Flowers
May 2023

It’s been four years since we started Project Hope. We can all be proud of the work that has been accomplished during this time: from researching and selecting a co-located model, to developing a business plan and governance model, to launching our first pilot program with DASA and YRP. Communicating the value of a CYAC for York Region has also been a key priority to ensure support across stakeholders and…




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December 2022

Since our last update in the Spring, we’re excited to share with you the latest developments for Project Hope along with a recent study that provides new analysis on social return on investment results for CYACs in British Columbia. Pilot programs YRP/DASA referralsThis September we launched a pilot program focused on supporting referrals from YRP to DASA for sexual abuse cases. The purpose of this pilot is to look at…

Press Release





NEWMARKET, Ontario - Cedar Centre, the leading provider of trauma-specific therapyto children, youth, and adults in York Region who have experienced interpersonalchildhood trauma, announced today their intention to create the region’s first Child andYouth Advocacy Centre (CYAC). In partnership with York Regional Police, York RegionChildren’s Aid Society, Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services, andJewish Family and Child Service, the CYAC will ensure these children and youth whohave experienced physical, sexual,…

How Can I Help?

As we continue to work with our partners to develop the region’s first CYAC, we ask that you help us spread the word. Stay informed by checking back here regularly and donate when you can to help us create a place where children/youth and their families can begin to heal from the trauma.

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Our Funder

This project would not be possible without the generous support of our funder.

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