what we do

Who We Help

Alisa’s Wish helps all children and youth—up to 18 years old—who have experienced or witnessed physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. We also assist their families.

We serve all children and youth in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows regardless of race, culture, socio-economic group, gender, ability, or sexual orientation.

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caregiver support group

The Alisa’s Wish CYAC Caregiver Support Group is a six week psychoeducational series for caregivers/parents of child or youth clients of the Centre who are supporting their children through a traumatic experience; we realize abuse affects the whole family. This group provides some information and provides a safe setting to share and find support.

For more information about upcoming group times, call the Centre at 604.466.3922.

Topics include:

  • Impact of Trauma & Loss

  • Safety Planning

  • Supporting Your Child

  • Strengthening Parenting Skills

  • Introduction to the court process

  • Strengthening Parenting Coping Skills After Trauma

  • Self –Care and Mindfulness

  • Creating a Circle of Support

  • Resiliency Skill Development

  • Protective Factors: Safeguarding Your Children

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How We Help

Victim Advocacy

Alisa’s Wish Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is a home-like, warm, friendly, and welcoming first-entry point for children, youth, and their supportive family members.

Victims are immediately assigned a Child Youth Advocate who supports them from beginning to end of their traumatic journey

The Child Youth Advocate serves as the child/youth/family’s representative from intake to end of service time; connecting the family with all the support programs that are available to them and the Centre becomes the place where meetings with police, social workers and other service providers are held.

 
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the cyac model

Alisa’s Wish is one of 6 operating Child & Youth Advocacy Centres in British Columbia (3 more are in development). There are over 30 centres in Canada.

CYACs provide a co-ordinated, multidisciplinary approach in a safe, comfortable environment to address the needs of children, youth and their families.

 

Our friends at the Victoria Child & Youth Advocacy Centre made this great video to explain how it works.