$150,000 to Help Sophie's Place
April 04, 2012
Surrey – The Provincial Government is providing $150,000 from the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Program to Sophie’s Place in Surrey, the region’s first child protection centre.
Sophie’s Place opened in February 2012 and brings together a multi-disciplinary team including the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, medical and trauma screening professionals, and volunteer advocates to help physically, mentally and sexually abused children up to the age of 12 years.
“Sophie’s Place is a safe and welcoming centre to help our most vulnerable children get the care and support they need. It’s the first of its kind in the region and one of only a handful of similar facilities in the country,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We very pleased the Province has provided this funding to the centre, which has received a tremendous amount of support from the residents and businesses in Surrey.” She adds that over 1000 children from across Greater Vancouver report sexual or physical abuse each year.
“The Civil Forfeiture Program is an excellent way of taking the profits reaped from crime to a deserving cause. Surrey will directly benefit from the program with the establishment of Sophie’s Place, where there will be a strong advocacy centre for vulnerable child victims,” says Surrey – Panorama MLA Stephanie Cadieux.
“I am very pleased to see the Sophie’s Place project get funding from the provincial Civil Forfeiture Program. Providing advocacy is such an important service for our most vulnerable children and the community will definitely benefit,” says Surrey – Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer.
Sophie’s Place is named for the centre’s patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of Shannon Tweed and legendary music artist Gene Simmons.
The centre is located within the Centre for Child Development building in Surrey, a facility which currently provides programs and services for over 2000 children with developmental disabilities.
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Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor