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Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara
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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

october 2020

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

What's Happening @KFCACN

We would like to thank @theharewineco and @notlrotary for their support in last evening's Virtual Wine Tasting via Zoom! 🎥🥂⠀ ⠀ It was a pleasure to have our Executive Director Jan Handy present to bring awareness to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. Thank you for the opportunity Stephanie, Travis, John and to each of the other presenters! ...

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We all have a role to play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families in Ontario.⠀ ⠀ On October 27, PECAN supporters will dress purple to show our support for the vulnerable children, youth, and families in our community. ⠀ ⠀ Join the Dress Purple Day campaign to make sure your friends, family, neighbours, and community know that you are here to help, and no one is alone.⠀ ⠀ #IDressPurpleBecause #DressPurpleDay #ChildAbuseAwareness #ChildAbuseAwarenessMonth #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #Niagara #NiagaraRegion ...

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Families are spending more time at home together than ever before during these unusual times!⠀ ⠀ This guide from @parents provides suggestions to help you thrive at home as a family, including ideas for playing, crafting, learning, eating, celebrating, working, and exercising from home.⠀ ⠀ Find the guide by clicking the link in the bio on their profile! ➡️ ...

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On October 27 we remind ourselves why individuals and community organizations need to step in and help vulnerable children and youth.⠀ ⠀ On Dress Purple Day, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre will speak up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being in all spaces. Adults need to step in and help kids who are dealing with neglect, physical and sexual abuse, gender-based violence, dating violence, and emotional abuse, including racism, intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination. This right applies everywhere – at home and in the community.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about how you can support the campaign by clicking the link in our bio! ...

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The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara (KFCACN) is a registered charity serving Niagara’s 12 municipalities by helping children and families cope with the life altering impact of child abuse.⠀ ⠀ We are currently looking to fill the Centre’s top position of Executive Director - a role of strategic coordination, public communication and organizational management.⠀ ⠀ To learn more about the responsibilities and requirements for this position, or to apply, please visit the link in our bio and click 'Careers: Executive Director'. ...

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Thanksgiving gives us time to think about the lessons we've learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives.⠀ ⠀ Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones! 🍂 ...

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✴️ It is your duty to report child abuse! ✴️⠀ ⠀ Child abuse refers to any form of physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of a child whereby the survival, safety, self-esteem, growth and development of the child are endangered.⠀ ⠀ In keeping with chapter 11, section 72 of the Child and Family Services Act, RSO 1990, if you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child has or is likely to suffer physical or sexual abuse, sexual molestation, or sexual exploitation, you are required to report such an instance to the appropriate authorities. In Niagara, call Family and Children's Services Niagara 24/7: 905-937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731.⠀ ⠀ If you suspect a child is in imminent danger, call 911 immediately. ...

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We're stronger together! 💪⠀ ⠀ The Centre’s three partner organizations streamline and integrate services creating a one-stop, child-focused facility for children and their families. Niagara Regional Police Service and Family and Children’s Services Niagara conduct forensic child abuse investigations on site, while no-cost, no-wait counselling is offered through the Family Counselling Centre Niagara.⠀ ⠀ To contact our core partners:⠀ 🔸 Niagara Regional Police Services: (905) 688-4111 or dial 9-1-1⠀ 🔸 Family and Children's Services Niagara: (905) 937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731⠀ 🔸 Family Counselling Centre Niagara: (905) 937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731 ext 3345 ...

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month.⠀ ⠀ Niagara is the first community in Canada where multiple agencies like Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara banded together to launch a dedicated online hub of local support programs. If you know of a child who needs help, visit the link in our bio and click the 'Partners to end child abuse Niagara' to help guide you. ...

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Peer exploitation can be difficult for children, teens, and young adults to cope with.⠀ ⠀ If you are ever faced with the pressures of exploitation, know that you aren't alone. Resources are available to help stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provide support along the way.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by an incident such as this, you can visit for more information. ...

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Human Trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour. Also known as “modern-day slavery”.⠀ ⠀ Earlier this year, the Ontario government announced that they would be investing $202 million in new funding to take on human trafficking. That money will be combined with $105 million from an existing fund, adding up to a total of $307 million to support survivors and bolster law enforcement over the next five years.⠀ ⠀ If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you think that you or someone else might be a victim of human trafficking, please call:⠀ Victim Services Niagara: 905-682-2626⠀ YMCA Youth in Transition Worker: 289-659-6290⠀ ________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #HumanTrafficking #GovernmentFunding #EndHumanTrafficking ...

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❔FAQ ❔ At the moment, there is no core regional, provincial or federal funding. Strong efforts to secure this funding are being made. Grant funding from any Government level is project-specific and time-limited with no assurance of renewal.⠀ ⠀ As a registered charitable organization, the Centre operates without any core government funding and needs your help to continue providing the necessary support Niagara’s children, youth & their families need as they cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse. Your support also provides much needed education and awareness to help prevent other children from becoming victims of abuse.⠀ ⠀ To donate, please visit the link in our bio. ...

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Talking about and understanding consent is important for all ages, but knowing where to find the most accurate information is essential! 📣⠀ ⠀ For the most accurate information about consent in Ontario, visit the link in our bio and click the "What is consent" tab.⠀ __________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #NoMeansNo #Consent ...

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Family and Children's Services Niagara has a mission to protect, support and strengthen the lives of children, youth, adults and families. As a multi-service organization, they offer a wide range of programs that protect children, strengthen families and help youth and adults to be the best they can be.⠀ ⠀ Reporting child abuse is everyone's responsibility. To report abuse, call Family and Children’s Services Niagara at either 905-937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can report anonymously or give your name and ask to remain confidential. Please do not attempt to make a report or referral by email, reports should be made by phone or in person. ...

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World Suicide Prevention Day is a chance for everyone to join together in promoting understanding and education about suicide those.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know is in need of support, @distresscentreniagara crisis services are available 24/7.⠀ ⠀ 💛 St. Catharines, Niagara Falls And Area – 905-688-3711⠀ 💛 Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Area – 905-734-1212⠀ 💛 Fort Erie and Area – 905-382-0689⠀ 💛 Grimsby, West Lincoln – 905-563-6674 ...

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It's school time again! 🏫⠀ ⠀ The lengthy summer holiday has been an exciting time for many, but that's not the case for all school-aged children. With back-to-school practices heading back into full swing, we are anticipating an increase in reports.⠀ ⠀ If you suspect a child has or is likely to be abused, call Family and Children’s Services Niagara 24/7 at 905-937- 7731 or 1-888-937-7731 or Niagara Regional Police Service 905-688-4111. If a child is in imminent danger, call 911 immediately. ...

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Observed in September, every year, World Suicide Prevention Month provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.⠀ ⠀ On September 10th - World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) - the @DistressCentreNiagara will host their Annual Suicide Awareness Walk. Register for the walk by visiting their profile.⠀ ⠀ For resources and information about how you can help to make Niagara a suicide-safer community, visit the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition's website. ...

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As we head into the last long weekend of the summer before children head back to their academics - whether they be from home or in a school setting - there are a few things you can tackle that will help set your family up for a stress-free first day! 🎒📚⠀ ⠀ 🍎 Start adjusting bedtime: Try moving lights-out 15 minutes ahead each evening.⠀ 🍎 Set your morning routine: Create, print, and laminate a list. Lists are great for keeping kids motivated!⠀ 🍎 Get familiar with school: Erase a bit of the first-day jitters by setting up your home for a pretend first-day and doing a dry run.⠀ 🍎 Add a new responsibility: This could be a fun challenge for kids. Task them with picking out their clothes or making their bed each morning.⠀ 🍎 Create a homework workspace: Create a quiet, distraction-free spot with good light and a comfy seat.⠀ 🍎 Do something fun: Enjoy a family beach day or picnic, making some exciting new memories! ...

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