Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center provides quality advocacy to children who have been traumatized by Child Sexual and Physical Abuse. We are committed to advocating for the best interests of our Lakota children with recommendations for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center is bringing about a change to encompass and enhance advocacy services to children which will include comprehensive culturally competent services for traumatized children. Children receiving services include: those who witness violence, those who are experiencing grief and loss, and those children who are having suicidal ideas and may need intervention through Culture and healing.
Many Children are suffering as a result of them being abused. Our program includes providing safety through the transitional processes with collaborative placement agencies and ongoing traditional therapy through ceremony. We work to strengthen the spirit of the child to overcome past trauma through re-education and re-acculturation. Re-education is the teaching of the necessity and value of traditional cultural ceremonies for girls and boys. Re-acculturation is the orientation to know and practice the Lakota culture to experience its impact in healing of the physically and sexually abused child.
We assist the child and the non-offending caretaker to understand the Judicial System and court procedures.
We conduct expert forensic interviews for children after referral from the Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement.