Youth Justice

PLEA’s Youth Justice Services are alternatives to custody for young people who are involved with the Youth Justice system. Our programs adhere to the requirements of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and support the safe rehabilitation of the young people while minimizing the use of custody.

Our programs include:

DARE Attendance

Dare Attendance provides a community-based full-time attendance program (four to six months in duration) for young people on a sentencing order as an alternative to custody. Our individual case plans address the educational, vocational and personal development needs of each participant. Family caregivers provide structure, supervision and support in a family setting. We provide safe placements and assist the young person, and wherever possible their family, to develop and implement long-term plans. Residents are actively involved in day to day activities in the family care home as well as in the community. Residents and their families may receive post placement support for up to two months to facilitate their transition home or to independent living.

Contact Information

Kim Gale-Gotowiec
604.708.2614
kgotowiec@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast, Bella Coola and Bella Bella

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Short Term Bail/Respite 

Short stay residential placements in our family care homes are available for youth on a conditional court order, including a Bail Order or Sentencing Order. These 30 day beds are for youth who need a safe place to live while planning takes place to identify other appropriate residential placements. Support services are available to these youth to facilitate their transition goals.

Contact Information

Kim Gale-Gotoweic
604.708.2614
kgotowiec@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast, Bella Coola and Bella Bella

Intensive Support and Supervision Program

The Intensive Support and Supervision Program is a community-based one-to-one service for medium to high risk youth that provides an alternative to custody. The program compliments the case management and supervision provided by the referring youth probation officer. Our staff members work with each young person, helping them develop appropriate educational, vocational, interpersonal and social skills, and to function in society in a healthy, positive manner. They support youth as they participate in planned activities and monitor compliance with the conditions of their court orders.

Contact Information

Wilf Leung
604.708.2603
wleung@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast.

Michelle Cherak
604.476.2820
mcherak@plea.bc.ca

Location: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie.

Jodi Mason
604.927.2600
jmason@plea.bc.ca

Location: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra.

 Curfew Monitoring Services

This service monitors the curfews of youth who have either been released from custody on bail conditions, or have been sentenced to a court order. The primary goal is to minimize the use of youth custody by effectively monitoring their compliance with their court orders. Curfews are monitored by telephone and supported by random in-person checks in the Lower Mainland. Participant’s supervising probation officers are notified immediately of all incidences of non-compliance.

Contact Information

Michelle Cherak
604.476.2820
mcherak@plea.bc.ca

Location: Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows and Katzie

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