Oak Centre is a welcoming, child-friendly environment where children and youth who have experienced abuse, sexual assault, or witnessed a crime can share their story with police or social workers. At Oak Centre, the police officers and social workers are specially trained to listen to children. The staff at Oak Centre, including our Child and Youth Service Coordinator, work with these agencies to make sure your child’s experience is as comfortable as possible, and that your child and you are supported throughout the interview process and on an ongoing basis.
What is a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre?
Oak Centre is a partnership made up of the following agencies:
- Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Vernon
- Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB)
- RCMP North Okanagan/Vernon Detachment
- North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society
- Archway Society for Domestic Peace
- Family Resource Centre
The goal of this partnership is to provide a coordinated response to crimes against children and youth and to support child and youth witnesses and their families. Partners come to Oak Centre to interview the child or youth, and can continue to use Oak Centre to meet with the child or youth and their families any time after the interview.
We would like to thank all those who have come together to fund Oak Centre. Your financial support allows us to help the children, youth and families in our community. Thank you for your generosity.
- Department of Justice Canada
- Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Civil Forfeiture Office
- Foord Family Foundation
- Kalamalka Rotary Club
- Tolko Industries – Okanagan Woodlands
- City of Vernon
- Vernon Seed Orchard Company
- Ecoscape Environmental Consultants