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Feds announce funding for NL child and youth advocacy centre

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 1:47 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on Nov. 29 announced it will provide $714,500 in funding over five years for Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador thorough the Child Advocacy Centres (CAC) initiative.

With this funding, Key Assets NL will help establish the first Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) in the province, in St. John’s.

According to the DOJ’s press release, the centre will serve as a resource within the community for children and youth who have been victims of — or witnesses to — abuse, violence and/or other crime. Children and youth victims need a safe space where they are comfortable to share their stories and experiences with trained professionals, the release said.

“I am proud that the government of Canada is able to provide financial support to Key Assets NL,” said Justice Minister David Lametti. “It is important that we give victims the compassion and support they need and deserve. In supporting this project, we are helping child and youth victims to access centralized services and support networks within their community to reduce the trauma they experience.”

“At Key Assets NL we are honoured to be playing such a pivotal role in the development of the first Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in the province. This initiative marks an important milestone in enhancing our collective response to children and youth who have been victims of, or witnesses to, abuse and crime. We look forward to continued positive collaboration with our community and government partners as we all strive to be responsive to the needs of children, youth and families in our community,” said Heather Modlin, provincial director of Key Assets NL.