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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

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

Thank you so much to our friends at Canadian Polish Society for your continued support of children & youth in Niagara impacted by abuse and for hosting our Amazing Race Niagara event each year at the beautiful Polonia Park on York Rd, in Niagara-on-the-lake.#ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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Thank you so much to @TD_Canada for choosing us as one of their recipients of the TD Community Resilience Initiative, created to help strengthen community resilience today and into the future.⠀ ⠀ The donation of $2000 allows us to continue providing Niagara's children, youth and their families with a safe place to talk about abuse during these unprecedented times. With the increase of safety and cleaning protocols we are able to provide the proper PPE to staff and those visiting the Centre, due to the generosity of TD Canada Trust. ...

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We are extremely fortunate and honoured to be one of the 18 charities chosen by @caa_niagara's Big Boost Program. This program focuses on helping charities, like ours and many more financially so we can ensure our community is staying safe and still supported through these challenging times.⠀ ⠀ As child abuse investigations continue, we have had to take extra precautions and up our cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure that all children, youth and their families visiting the Centre are safe. ...

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Want to race against others for a great cause? Then the Amazing Race Niagara is for you! Gather up to 3 friends or family members and enjoy competing in some Amazing outdoor challenges! Sign up today! #ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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It’s time for another segment of our ✨ Volunteer Spotlight Series ✨⠀ ⠀ This month we're highlighting Randi Perriam! Rand, a Niagara College student enrolled in the Event Management Program. Randi expressed an interest in completing her course-related internship with the Centre in an effort to learn more about fundraising & events in the not-for-profit sector.⠀ ⠀ Randi joined us in November 2019 and immediately immersed herself into our year-end social event where she took the reins and helped with timelines, documents, planning and so much more. Randi has exceptional skills and her marketing flair was evident in her tasks which were completed with professionalism and precision. She was enthusiastic and eager to learn from others, as much as she enjoyed sharing her skills and teaching others.⠀ ⠀ Some of Randi's favourite moments while volunteering included getting to know the other staff and volunteers.⠀ ⠀ When we asked Randi what her advice would be to someone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre she replied, “Do it. You will not be disappointed; you will be able to work with a close group of wonderful people who want you to get the most out of your time with them."⠀ ⠀ We are truly grateful for the gift of time, knowledge & skill that Randi gave to the Centre. We very much enjoyed having Randi volunteer with us and know that she will continue to make a positive impact everywhere she goes! Thank you so much Randi! 🤩 ...

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We are here at Grand Niagara Golf Club for our 7th stop on the Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction. Good luck to all the Niagara Junior Tour golfers today! Next stop on the tour is Beechwood Golf & Social house August 24th! ...

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Thank you CLIF Bars for supporting our racers with an in-kind donation of @clifbar for our survivor bags! #ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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We are excited to welcome back @stcatharinesmazda as a PIT STOP Sponsor in support of our Amazing Race Niagara event this year! We are truly grateful for your ongoing support of our Centre. #ARN2020, #BeAHero ...

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Sexual violence against children and youth is a reality in Niagara.⠀ ⠀ In order to prevent and end sexual violence, we must pay attention to the warning signs in a child's behaviour, including:⠀ ⠀ ❗ Leaves “clues” that can provoke a discussion about sexual issues⠀ ❗ Writes, draws, plays or dreams of sexual or frightening images⠀ ❗ Develops new or unusual fear of certain people or places⠀ ❗ Refuses to talk about a secret shared with an adult or older child⠀ ❗ Suddenly has money, toys or other gifts without reason⠀ ❗ Thinks of self or body as repulsive, dirty or bad⠀ ❗ Exhibits adult-like sexual behaviours, language and knowledge⠀ ❗ Resists removing clothes when appropriate times (bath, bed, toileting, diapering)⠀ ⠀ These signs don't confirm that a child was sexually abused, but they should encourage you to begin asking questions and consider seeking help.⠀ ⠀ To learn more about spotting sexual violence and intervening safely and effectively, please visit @drawthelineon. ...

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Not able to get an Amazing Race Niagara team together? You can still support our event by donating goodies for our Survivor Bags or Volunteering on Event Day - Visit for more information. #ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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We are at Sawmill Golf Course today for our 6th stop on the Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction! The Niagara Tour Youth are doing a great job on raising pledges for the fundraiser while also participating in the tournaments. Good luck today golfers! ...

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We are proud to partner with @917GIANTFM “Niagara’s classic rock” & @country89_1 “Today’s best country” this year as EVENT SPONSORS of our upcoming Amazing Race Niagara. #ARN2020 #BeAHero. ...

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Remember, you’re never alone — with @KidsHelpPhone, there are resources available to you 24/7!⠀ ⠀ The Live Chat service is temporarily closed so they can provide more timely access to support through our other services:⠀ 🔸 Text CONNECT to 686868 to reach a trained volunteer Crisis Responder⠀ 🔸 Call 1-800-668-6868 to speak with professional counsellors⠀ 🔸 Find resources and programs near you⠀ ⠀ For more information, visit @kidshelpphone 📲⠀ ⠀ 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.⠀ ___________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #KidsHelpPhone #CrisisLine #ResourcesForKidsAndYouth ...

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Have you taken a look at our 2019 Annual Report yet?⠀ ⠀ Read a message from Executive Director Janet Handy and President Board of Directors Mark Doyle, learn about the 2019 statistics, see what The Centre and partners have been up to, inform yourself on how your support and donations have contributed to the success of The Centre and more.⠀ ⠀ Give it a read by clicking on the link in our bio. ...

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The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara relies on the support of our sponsors and the community to ensure that we can continue to provide the necessary resources to Niagara’s children, youth and their families as they cope with the life-altering impacts of child abuse. Here are a few ways that you can help the Centre:⠀ ⠀ 💗 Give a one-time donation, a monthly pledge or annual gift⠀ 💗 In Memoriam/Honorarium⠀ 💗 In-Kind Donations - Toys & books, non-perishable snack items, prizes for events⠀ 💗 Leave a Legacy gift - Visit our website for our Planned Giving brochure⠀ 💗 Host a 3rd Party Fundraiser - Donate a portion of sales, employee dress-down days, BBQ's & more!⠀ ⠀ If you would like to make a donation, please click the link in our bio. ...

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It’s been a busy week for the Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction. The Niagara Junior Tour youth are teeing off today at Willodell Golf Club for their 5th stop on the tournament! Good luck to all the golfers that are out here today! Next stop on the tour is Sawmill Golf Course August 5th! ...

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What is Project Arachnid? 🔎⠀ ⠀ Project Arachnid is a computer program that combs the web for explicit images of child sexual abuse. Once child sexual abuse material is detected, a notice is sent to the provider hosting the content requesting its removal.⠀ ⠀ The numbers as of May 2020:⠀ ▪️ 120 billion+ images processed⠀ ▪️ 17.8 million+ images triggered for analyst review⠀ ▪️ 5.5 million+ notices sent to providers⠀ ▪️ 85% of the notices issued relate to victims who are not known to have been identified by police⠀ ⠀ To learn more about this initiative and the powerful work being done, visit @CdnChildProtect. ...

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Wow what a busy week we have going on for our Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction. The Niagara Junior Tour youth played an awesome game yesterday at Bridgewater and are now up bright and early playing at the beautiful Legends On The Niagara golf course! Next stop on the tour is Willodell Golf Club this Friday. #EndChildAbuse #KFCACN #KristenFrench #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #NiagaraJuniorGolfTour #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #StCatharines #StCatharinesOntario #NiagaraFalls #NiagaraFundraiser #FundraiserEvent #LegendsOnTheNiagara #Battlefield #KidsGolfingforKids #RankinConstruction ...

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Today is the 3rd stop on our Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction. The Niagara Junior Tour youth are teeing off at Bridgewater Country Club this morning! Good luck to everyone participating today. #EndChildAbuse #KFCACN #KristenFrench #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #NiagaraJuniorGolfTour #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #StCatharines #StCatharinesOntario #NiagaraFalls #FortErie #NiagaraFundraiser #FundraiserEvent #KidsGolfingForKids #RankinConstruction #BridgewaterCountryClub ...

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Speaking to children about COVID-19 and what they can do to fight it can be difficult, which is why My Hero is You was written!⠀ ⠀ Throughout the book's development, the @FriendsofIASC heard from over 1,700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world who shared their thoughts and how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the illustrated publication is available to download in more than 100 languages!⠀ ⠀ Download your copy by visiting 📚 ...

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