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What is a
Child Advocacy Centre?

Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) are child-focused centres that provide a trauma-informed, coordinated approach to investigation, intervention, treatment & prosecution in child abuse cases.

CACs minimize the impact of child abuse on the victim & the family by:

  • Reducing the number of times the child/youth victim has to repeat their experience of abuse
  • Providing a faster & more streamlined investigation process
  • Increasing timely access to support & therapeutic resources for child/youth victims & their families
  • Providing long-term support & follow-up for the child/youth and their family

CACs provide a leading practice in joint investigation intended to serve the developmental & emotional needs of young victims through the dovetailing of investigation & criminal justice while providing follow-up mental health needs.

The Statistics

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of alleged perpetrators are known to their child victims.

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of sexual abuse cases involved girls & 31% involved boys.

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of physical abuse cases involved boys & 40% involved girls.

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of physical abuse cases resulted from inappropriate punishment.

Our History

Video Credits: Niagara Regional Police Service Deputy Chief Brett Flynn, Jon Ohlman Video Producer, and his team the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance.

Upcoming Events

december 2019

17dec5:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedHoliday Open House & "Last Minute" Vendor Market5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, 8 Forster St.

april 2020

26apr10:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedPlayhouse Build & Auction10:00 am - 5:00 pm The Pen Centre, 221 Glendale Ave

august 2020

16aug11:00 am6:00 pmFeaturedKids Golfing for Kids11:00 am - 6:00 pm St. Catharines Golf & Country Club, 70 Westchester Ave

september 2020

13sep10:00 am6:00 pmFeaturedAmazing Race Niagara10:00 am - 6:00 pm Polinia Park, 765 York Rd

october 2020

22oct6:00 pm10:00 pmFeaturedSpotlight Gala 20206:00 pm - 10:00 pm Americana Conference Resort, 8444 Lundys Lane

What's Happening @KFCACN

In Memoriam of the Montreal Massacre. Let’s Remember Them today and always. ...

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Not sure how to go about donating to The Centre as a business this holiday season? 🤔 Here are a few ideas for you!⠀ ⠀ 1️⃣ Instead of company gifts, donate to The Centre!⠀ 2️⃣ Host a Holiday Party with the purpose of generating proceeds to The Centre!⠀ 3️⃣ Start a fundraiser competition at work; Winner gets an extra vacation day!⠀ 4️⃣ Donate as a group and see if your employer offers donation matching.⠀ 5️⃣ A spare change jar on the check-out counter or reception area can quickly transform all those small amounts, lovingly shared, into a significant accumulation of support for The Centre!⠀ ⠀ Deliver a cheque in person to take a picture with our team and get featured on our social media pages, mail the donation to the office or simply donate online via the link in our bio. ...

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It's #GivingTuesday! 💕 ⠀ ⠀ There is nothing more powerful than communities that work together to enact true social change. ⠀ ⠀ Please consider donating to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre and/or any other not for profit organization in our community on this very special day. ⠀ ⠀ Donate today via the link in our bio and join the #GivingTuesday Global Day of Giving movement!⠀ ⠀ Many thanks to all that support us. We are truly grateful for all donations and contributions! @givingtuesdayca ...

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Our success is a product of the community’s commitment and determination to help, heal and end child abuse.⠀ ⠀ We invite you to join us as we work towards ending child abuse in Niagara. Support the cause by donating and becoming a Kristen's Helper this holiday season. 💕 ...

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Yesterday was a great day at The Centre 💕⠀ ⠀ From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Christine Faucher, Peter Van Hezewyk, Cody Cabral and the amazing @CAA_Niagara employees for the kind donation of 26 backpacks filled with art supplies! Special thanks to Christine for spearheading this donation with CAA Niagara employees. ⠀ ⠀ These backpacks will be gifted to the kids who are participating in our creative arts program!🎒🎨 ...

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#GivingTuesday, the global day of giving (Dec 3) is just around the corner!⠀ ⠀ GivingTuesday is a day that encourages people to do good all around the world. Over the past years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.⠀ ⠀ It is thanks to those who donate, volunteer, support our events, sponsor us etc., that we are able to provide a safe place and services to Niagara's children and youth. We are eternally grateful for all the contributions and support we receive from the Niagara community. ⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in donating to the centre on #GivingTuesday, please click on the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📸 : @givingtuesday ...

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“Our church is happy to support a cause that is so important for vulnerable youth in the peninsula.“- Central United Church in Port Colborne Community of Faith⠀ ⠀ Thank you so much Carol Seuss, Lori Smith and the Central United Church in Port Colborne Community of Faith for your kind donation. We are truly grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of this very special offering. ...

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Did you know that the Niagara Regional Police Service's Child Abuse Unit is one of three core partners with the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre?⠀ ⠀ The Child Abuse Unit (CAU) is a specialized unit within the Special Victims Unit and is responsible for investigating all incidents of child sexual abuse or child physical abuse occurring in the Niagara Region. Investigations are completed at The Centre based on the unique needs of the child, youth or family to minimize stress and the trauma of recounting abuse experiences. ⠀ ⠀ Learn more by visiting the link in our bio. ...

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Become a Kristen’s Helper this holiday season and give the gift of a safe place for Niagara’s children and youth! 💞⠀ ⠀ We need your support to help us reach our goal of raising a much-needed $10,000 by end of year! By donating, you're helping The Centre continue providing a safe place and services for Niagara's children, youth and their families who are suffering the impacts of abuse. ⠀ ⠀ Donate today via the link in our bio ...

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Our hearts are overflowing! 💕⠀ ⠀ Thank you, Brian and Diane, from @917giantfm for your visit and Mitchell’s Bakery and Marketplace for the delicious lunch! We are beyond grateful for your #GiantActOfKindness!⠀ ⠀ We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the supportive people and companies like yours In Niagara. ✨ ...

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Have you spotted our CAA Roadside Assistance Truck assisting people in Niagara?⠀ ⠀ In the spring of this year, our Centre was chosen as one of the recipients for the CAA Community Boost Funding, which allows for, not only monetary funding but this amazing CAA Niagara flatbed wrapped in our branding and a “text to donate” program. ⠀ ⠀ Simply text the word YOUTH to 20222 to donate $10.00 – your donation will help support the much-needed programs & services for children & youth in Niagara impacted by abuse. ...

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Youth Wellness Hubs of Ontario are a critical step toward improving Ontario’s mental health and addiction services for youth and young adults, and we have three right here in Niagara! 📍 ⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please visit their profile for more information @ywhniagara⠀ ⠀ 📸: YWHO ...

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Stay up to date on events, volunteer opportunities, annual reports and so much more by signing up for our Newsletter! Simply scroll to the bottom of our website to sign up. 📨⠀ ⠀ Link in bio. ...

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Don't be afraid. You are never alone. Tell someone you trust. 🗣⠀ ⠀ This important message is conveyed in our Youth Advisory Council's video through impactful storytelling. This video takes youth through the process of reporting and ending abuse in their lives and is currently being shown to youth throughout Niagara. Thank you to KFCACN’s Youth Advisory Council for their great work under the guidance of our Youth Outreach Coordinator.⠀ ⠀ Please help get the word out by sharing this video to your Instagram Story or sending it to a friend! ✨ ...

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Thank you so much Jennifer Dyck and the #NiagaraHeritageQuiltersGuild for your generous donation of 16 gorgeous quilts! ...

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Here are some fantastic tips for keeping your kids safe this Halloween!🎃 ⠀ ⠀ Kids under age 12 should: ⠀ 🔸 Always go trick-or-treating with an adult ⠀ 🔸 Know how to call 911 in case they get lost ⠀ 🔸 Know their home phone number or your cellphone number if you don't have a landline ⠀ ⠀ Older kids who go out on their own should: ⠀ 🔸 Know their planned route and when they'll be coming home ⠀ 🔸 Carry a cellphone ⠀ 🔸 Go in a group and stay together ⠀ 🔸 Only go to houses with porch lights on ⠀ 🔸 Stay away from candles and other flames ⠀ 🔸 Know to never go into strangers' homes or cars ...

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Why is it important that we reduce the number of times children or youth must share their abuse experience with professionals?⠀ ⠀ Abuse is a difficult subject for any young person to talk about. ⠀ ⠀ Before the Niagara region had the Kristen French CACN, children and youth were subjected to multiple interviews at multiple locations.⠀ ⠀ The existence of the Kristen French CACN minimizes the number of times children must share their experience, reducing the trauma of disclosure and ensuring coordinated, cost-effective delivery of service to Niagara’s children, youth and their supportive family members.⠀ ⠀ Read about the centre and what we do here by clicking the link in our bio. ...

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Know more. Say more. Do more. ⠀ ⠀ With PECAN, Niagara is the first community in Canada where all concerned local agencies have collaborated to launch a united online resource hub in the effort to end child abuse. ⠀ ⠀ Learn more here on their website ...

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