May 8, 2014 12:22 pm

Province provides more support for victimized children through new grant

A look inside the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) in Calgary

Global News

CALGARY – The Alberta government has announced a new grant that will help child advocacy centres throughout the province improve counselling provided for victims of sexual abuse.

Recipients of the new Counselling for Children pilot grant will be eligible for up to to $150,000 per year, per child advocacy centre.

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Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Minister Jonathan Denis announced the new funding at the Child Sexual Abuse Forum in Calgary on Thursday.

“Although no child should be a victim of crime, the reality is they are and we need to be ready to support them first,” says Jonathan Denis, Minister of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. “The Counselling for Children grant will help give a voice to children who need it the most.”

Officials say the grant available to child advocacy centres that offer a seamless, coordinated and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth victims of crime.

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s Victims Services will be contacting the centres who are eligible for the funding this spring.

Child advocacy centres interested in more information can contact Victims Programs at 780-427-3460.

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