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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

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

We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! 💛⠀ ⠀ The 6th annual Canada-wide fundraiser saw a record-breaking year with a total of $27,576,578 in donations - a 92% increase from last year!⠀ ⠀ While we weren't the selected charity this year, our wonderful donors always make us feel like winners. With your contributions, we are able to ensure that necessary programs and resources can continue for children, youth and families throughout Niagara.⠀ ⠀ To learn more about donating to the Centre, please visit our website (link in bio). ...

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How much do you know about human trafficking in the Niagara Region?⠀ ⠀ Enter to win the #YouthAgainstHumanTrafficking contest and you could win 1 of 2 prizes. Participants must be between the ages of 13-24 years old. Scroll down ⏬ to find the contest post!⠀ ⠀ _________⠀ ⠀ For more information and resources on Human Trafficking please visit https://buff.ly/38rn4Ah.⠀ 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⠀ ⠀ You can also call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline. Hotline Response Advocates are available 24/7/365 and support is available in over 200 languages. The hotline can connect callers to local service providers and/or emergency services in communities across Canada. Call 1-833-900-1010 or email hotline@ccteht.ca ...

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Create a stunning piece of jewelry that suits your personality and helps the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara at the same time! 💎✨⠀ ⠀ @Origamiowl allows you to customize bracelets, watches, lockets to rings with charms and jewels to create the perfect piece of jewelry filled with meaning and special memories.⠀ ⠀ For the month of July, Tami Lakatos has generously offered to donate 75% of her commission from Origami Owl sales made using this link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ Visit us on Facebook to join Tami's fundraiser Facebook group for more information. ...

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We are happy to announce that despite COVID-19 restrictions the 2020 Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction Inc. is a go! We are fortunate to have the sport of golf available to keep our youth active and being able to continue with our signature Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser. Once again we are partnering up with the Niagara Junior Tour and following them on their 10 stop tournament.⠀ ⠀ Today is the first stop of the fundraiser! Good luck to all of our Niagara Junior Tour Golfers today at the @BrockGolfCourse! ⛳ ...

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We love having the opportunity to share some of our amazing volunteers with you through our ✨ Volunteer Spotlight Series ✨⠀ ⠀ This month we're featuring Milka Medic, a student in the Niagara College Child & Youth care program. Milka chose to complete her program placement and continue on as a volunteer because she is passionate about children & youth. She began her student placement in January of this year bringing with her immense creativity, a genuine love of life and passion for her assigned tasks.⠀ ⠀ When we asked Milka what advice she'd offer for anyone interested in volunteering with the Centre, she said, "The best advice I could give them is to be open minded and that any skills and talents they might have could be applied to a great cause."⠀ ⠀ Milka's warm personality is very refreshing and we look forward to having her continue in a volunteer role upon completion of her program placement! Milka was a pleasure to be around and we are very thankful for the gift of her time that she so willingly gave to the Centre, to the staff and to other volunteers and students.⠀ ⠀ Follow our page for more Volunteer Spotlights, where we'll be sharing more stories, experiences, and advice when it comes to volunteering with The Centre. ...

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Happy Canada Day from all of us at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara! 🇨🇦⠀ ⠀ This Canada Day, celebrations will look a little different than what you and your family are used to with most activities being hosted in a virtual format. If your children are tuning in to watch the extravaganza on the internet, ensure that they are doing so safely.⠀ ⠀ 🔺 Monitor their activity, supervise the event if possible.⠀ 🔺 Teach your children to not engage with strangers online.⠀ 🔺 Encourage kids to keep their location private.⠀ 🔺 Avoid clicking any unnecessary links.⠀ ⠀ Have a safe and happy holiday! ...

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Reports of child abuse have declined during COVID-19 social isolation, a frightening reality partially resulting from children being away from school and community programs - the main source of reporting. While children have returned to online school, CACs across Ontario will continue to raise concern for these children & youth. We know reporting of child abuse will increase the more isolation reduces and we will be here for those children & youth giving them a safe place to talk to the appropriate authorities.   Your donation will help us to provide the necessary programs and support to these children in the coming months. Thank you! ...

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When a child experiences abuse by someone in their family or by someone close to them, it can be difficult for them to process and a troubling task for parents and guardians to navigate if they don't have the right resources.⠀ ⠀ To assist families in navigating the recovery process, the Canadian Centre For Child Protection has developed specific resources for those looking to provide support.⠀ ⠀ Download the resources by visiting https://bit.ly/CACResourcesForFamilies ...

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How much do you know about human trafficking in the Niagara Region?⠀ ⠀ Enter to win the #YouthAgainstHumanTrafficking contest and you could win 1 of 2 prizes. Participants must be between the ages of 13-24 years old. Scroll down ⏬ to find the contest post!⠀ _________⠀ For more information and resources on Human Trafficking please visit https://buff.ly/38rn4Ah.⠀ 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⠀ ⠀ You can also call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline. Hotline Response Advocates are available 24/7/365 and support is available in over 200 languages. The hotline can connect callers to local service providers and/or emergency services in communities across Canada. Call 1-833-900-1010 or email hotline@ccteht.ca ...

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With Father's Day approaching, Mark Doyle - Board Chair and father of 3 - wanted to share a special message for all of the dads out there.⠀ ⠀ This Father's Day, make sure to ask a question that could make a real difference in your dad's health and happiness, especially during this challenging time ... “How are you really doing, Dad?”⠀ ⠀ If you're a father looking for support or know of a dad who may need someone to talk to, please contact @CMHANiagara 👨‍👧‍👦 ...

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🔸 94% of the time, children interviewed at the Centre know their alleged abuser. 🔸⠀ ⠀ We are expecting an increase in child abuse reports and we need your help.⠀ ⠀ COVID-19 itself isn’t the only thing that is devastating our community - but the fact that many children & youth who experience abuse at home are left more vulnerable and isolated than ever before.⠀ ⠀ Reports of child abuse have declined during COVID-19, a frightening reality partially resulting from children not being at school - the main source of reporting.⠀ ⠀ As restrictions slowly lift and people start seeing each other again, CACs across Ontario are raising concern for these children & youth. We know reporting of child abuse will increase and we will be here for those children & youth giving them a safe place to talk to the appropriate authorities.⠀ ⠀ Your donation and participation in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge will help us to provide the necessary programs and support to these children in the coming months.⠀ ⠀ Every $1 donated to Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara from June 1 -30 earns us a chance to win a $20,000 donation. Donate now by visiting the link in our bio. ...

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⚠️ Stranger Danger ⚠️ is important to talk about, but it's important to remember that strangers aren't always dangerous!⠀ ⠀ The term stranger can be a confusing one for children to understand. Stranger often has a negative association, which can cause confusion when someone they don’t know speaks to them nicely, looks friendly, or introduces themselves in a position of authority.⠀ ⠀ Research has shown that children are much more likely to be abused by someone they know. While teaching children to practice safety around strangers is important, it can be an ineffective approach to protecting children from victimization. Children should know that there could be situations where they will need to approach a stranger and ask for help if there is an emergency.⠀ ⠀ For more helpful resources about talking to children about strangers, visit our website, click the "Resources & Links" tab, and scroll to the section titled "Child Abuse Prevention". ...

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It's time for another segment of our ✨ Volunteer Spotlight Series ✨⠀ ⠀ This month we are featuring Jonah Kember! Jonah is a Brock University student taking child & youth studies looking to volunteer his time to learn more about our organization and how he can help. Jonah started volunteering in November 2019 and quickly became interested in helping to plan the upcoming Youth Ultimate Dodgeball event together with Jason.⠀ ⠀ Jonah, from his very first day, willingly gave us the gift of his time and kindness. Based on his field of study, Jonah was eager and engaged to learn about the CAC model and his desire to help children & youth was evident in actions.⠀ ⠀ Thank you so much for volunteering at our Centre Jonah! Your passion for change and dedication to children and youth is engaging and we look forward to the year ahead.⠀ ⠀ We are appreciative of each of our dedicated and loyal volunteers and couldn't do what we do without them.⠀ ⠀ Stay tuned for our next Volunteer Spotlights where we'll be sharing more stories, experiences, and advice when it comes to volunteering with The Centre. ...

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🔸 Home isn’t always a safe place. 🔸⠀ ⠀ We are expecting an increase in child abuse reports and we need your help.⠀ ⠀ COVID-19 itself isn’t the only thing that is devastating our community - but the fact that many children & youth who experience abuse at home are left more vulnerable and isolated than ever before.⠀ ⠀ Reports of child abuse have declined during COVID-19, a frightening reality partially resulting from children not being at school - the main source of reporting.⠀ ⠀ As restrictions slowly lift and people start seeing each other again, CACs across Ontario are raising concern for these children & youth. We know reporting of child abuse will increase and we will be here for those children & youth giving them a safe place to talk to the appropriate authorities.⠀ ⠀ Your donation and participation in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge will help us to provide the necessary programs and support to these children in the coming months.⠀ ⠀ Every $1 donated to Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara from June 1 -30 earns us a chance to win a $20,000 donation. Donate now by visiting the link in our bio. ...

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How much do you know about human trafficking in the Niagara Region?⠀ ⠀ Enter to win the #YouthAgainstHumanTraffickingNiagara contest. The grand prize is a $50 Pre-paid Visa card and the secondary prize is a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant of your choice. Participants must be between the ages of 13-24 years old.⠀ ⠀ How to enter:⠀ 1️⃣ Follow us on Instagram⠀ 2️⃣ Like this post⠀ 3️⃣ Fill out the short survey on human trafficking by visiting the link in our bio⠀ 4️⃣ Comment - Done when all 3 are completed above⠀ BONUS ENTRY:⠀ Share this post to your story and tag us. If private send us a screenshot of this completed over DM.⠀ ⠀ Also, don't forget to share this post with your friends so they have a chance to win, too! Don't forget to save this post for future reference by clicking the bookmark in the bottom right corner of this post.⠀ ⠀ _________⠀ ⠀ For more information and resources on Human Trafficking please visit https://buff.ly/38rn4Ah.⠀ 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⠀ ⠀ You can also call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline. Hotline Response Advocates are available 24/7/365 and support is available in over 200 languages. The hotline can connect callers to local service providers and/or emergency services in communities across Canada. Call 1-833-900-1010 or email hotline@ccteht.ca. ...

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🔸 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before they are 18. The majority of violence against children and youth is committed by someone they know. 🔸⠀ ⠀ We are expecting an increase in child abuse reports and we need your help.⠀ ⠀ COVID-19 itself isn’t the only thing that is devastating our community - but the fact that many children & youth who experience abuse at home are left more vulnerable and isolated than ever before.⠀ ⠀ Reports of child abuse have declined during COVID-19, a frightening reality partially resulting from children not being at school - the main source of reporting.⠀ ⠀ As restrictions slowly lift and people start seeing each other again, CACs across Ontario are raising concern for these children & youth. We know reporting of child abuse will increase and we will be here for those children & youth giving them a safe place to talk to the appropriate authorities.⠀ ⠀ Your donation and participation in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge will help us to provide the necessary programs and support to these children in the coming months.⠀ ⠀ Every $1 donated to Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara from June 1 -30 earns us a chance to win a $20,000 donation. Donate now by visiting the link in our bio. ...

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Being at home more probably means that your four-legged friends are reaping the benefits of more walks throughout the day.⠀ ⠀ Walk around your block in style with clothing from Little Chief & Co and help support children & youth in Niagara as $5.00 from every purchase of logo wear is donated to The Centre.⠀ ⠀ Visit @littlechief.dog for more information or to place your order! 🐾💕 ...

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COVID-19 itself isn’t the only thing that is devastating to our community - but the fact that many children and youth from abusive households are left vulnerable and isolated at home. Reports of child abuse have declined during COVID-19, a frightening reality partially resulting from children not being at school - the main source of reporting. As restrictions slowly lift and people start seeing each other again, we are now beginning to see calls for help or calls for concern. We know these will increase and we will be here for those children & youth giving them a safe place to talk to the appropriate authorities. Your donation and participation in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge will help us to provide the necessary programs and support to these children in the coming months. Every $1 donated to Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara from June 1 -30 earns us a chance to win a $20,000 donation. Learn more about this initiative and how you can help throughout the month of June by visiting the link in our bio. _____ If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children’s Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger. ...

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❔FAQ ❔ It’s extremely important that the partner team works together to take the best approach for the child. Children’s developmental needs are different than adults. Consequently team members are specially trained to interview children.⠀ ⠀ @NiagaraRegionalPolice reviews evidence; Family and Children’s Services Niagara decide if the child is in need of protection or which other interventions are needed. Partners will determine who is best suited to undertake the interview depending on how the disclosure is first made.⠀ ⠀ One person conducts the interview, while another observes in the video recording room. During the process, the person interviewing receives feedback from the observing team member to ensure the most complete interview possible.⠀ ⠀ If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger. ...

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