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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

04dec6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedYouth Advisory Council Meeting6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, 8 Forster St.

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

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 https://buff.ly/2p603kl ...

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Our Planned giving program ensures that the Centre will remain open into the future as a safe place for Niagara’s children and youth to get help, heal, and end child abuse.⠀ ⠀ Leaving a Legacy Gift is about intention and not about the amount of your gift. Learn more about our program through our brochure via the link in our bio. ...

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Did you know that October is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month? ✨ Here are a few ways you can do your part to prevent child abuse according to Prevent Child Abuse America!⠀ ⠀ ♥ Be a nurturing parent or guardian: Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.⠀ 🤝 Help a friend, relative or neighbour: Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.⠀ 📚 Help to develop parenting resources at your local library: Reach out to your local library and inquire about their resources, if they have none, help them out! ⠀ 💡Donate and volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program (Like us!): contact us today to inquire about how you can help our community.⠀ 🚨 Report suspected abuse or neglect: If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department. In Niagara call 24/7: FACS @ 905 937 7731. If a child is in imminent danger call 911 (NRPS) ...

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Upon the completion of an investigation, counselling with an experienced therapist from the Family Counselling Centre (FCC) Niagara is offered. ⠀ ⠀ Learn more why counselling is beneficial to the healing process via the link in our bio. ...

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Bring the kids and "Be A Rock Star to End Abuse” tonight!⠀ ⠀ Join PECAN partners and family as they paint rocks as part of their “Be A Rock Star” campaign. Bring the painted rocks home and hide them in your neighbourhood to help spread the message.⠀ ⠀ Painting starts tonight at 5:30 pm at Brock University in Room 253 of the Thistle building. Rocks and painting supplies are provided. ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @pecanniagara ...

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The internet can be a wonderful place to explore, just make sure you and your children are safe while doing it! Check out this informative clip from @amazeorg to learn some Internet Safety Tips and Tricks (full video available on our Facebook)! 💡⠀ ⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KFCACN #KristenFrench #Donate #Volunteer #NiagaraVolunteers #ChildAdvocate #HowToHelp #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #Internetsafety #InternetTips ...

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Kristen French CACN is grateful to the many organizations across the Niagara Region who raise funds on our behalf! ⠀ ⠀ If you're looking for a unique way to raise funds and give back this upcoming holiday season, here are a few 3rd party fundraising event ideas:⠀ • Donate a portion of sales ⠀ • Ask customers to round up their purchases ⠀ • Employee Dress-Down initiatives ⠀ • Host a BBQ ⠀ • Or get creative and invent your own unique & innovative fundraiser!⠀ ⠀ Contact Susanne McCarroll, Resource Development Coordinator at smccarroll@kristenfrenchcacn.org or 90-937-5453 x7034 to share a fundraising opportunity, idea or to learn more. ...

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“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over… it became a butterfly” 🦋⠀ ⠀ Throwback to this beautiful butterfly and sunny days in our Garden of Hope. Did you know that in many cultures, butterflies are a symbol of powerful transformations, resilience, hope and joy? With the right people and programs in place, children and youth that have been subject to abuse are given the proper care and support to transform and live happy lives full of hope, love and healing.⠀ ⠀ 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.⠀ ⠀ For more information, please click on the link in our bio. ...

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We'd like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of our sponsors of the 4th Annual Spotlight Gala along with all of our 2019 event sponsors. We couldn't do what we do without all of your support!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ SPOTLIGHT GALA⠀ First Level: @Pennerbuildingcentre⠀ Second Level: @lvequipmentinc /@seawayfarms.niagara, TD Canada, @casinoniagara, Montebello Medical Centre⠀ ⠀ PLAYHOUSE BUILD & AUCTION⠀ First level: Niagara Home Builders Assoc.⠀ Second Level: Bell, Impero Contracting, Aristocrat Floors, Kirkpatrick Stoneworks, Luchetta Homes⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ KIDS GOLFING FOR KIDS⠀ First Level: Rankin Construction Inc.⠀ Second Level: Walker Industries, Joe Kish Foundation, Court Holdings, Henderson Pharmacy, DSBN⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ AMAZING RACE NIAGARA⠀ First Level: @Niagara Trailers / Country 89/91.7Giant FM⠀ Second Level: Automotive Warehouse, L. Walter & Sons Excavating Ltd.⠀ ⠀ We also want to extend our thank yous to everyone that has donated and supported our events throughout the years. It's all so important to us and we are extremely appreciative of any help we receive! Interested in donating or becoming an ongoing supporter? Click on the link in our bio. ...

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The @MamaBearEffect have developed these colouring pages to teach children about their bodies in a way that promotes open communication. 🖍⠀ ⠀ View and download them via our Facebook page.⠀ 📸: The Mama Bear Effect ...

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Attention 4th Annual Spotlight Gala attendees!⠀ ⠀ Spotlight Tree prize #11, 12, 29 and 99 have not been picked up yet! If you are one of the winners, kindly bring your numbered prize card to the centre to redeem your prize. One of the prizes expires on December 7th so please make sure that you come before then! ...

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From all of us here at the Child Advocacy Centre, Thank you. Our hearts are overflowing with the amount of love and support we felt last night at our Spotlight Gala! ✨ Thank you for your continued love and support Niagara. ❤️ ...

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94% of the time, children interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center know their alleged abuser. ⠀ ⠀ Wondering how to spot the warning signs? We recommended an informative article from https://buff.ly/2GDmh56 on Facebook and Twitter. Visit our other socials for the link! ...

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In memory of Cathy Collins, a long-time supporter and volunteer of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, we have established a free 12 week arts and education group for pre-teens ages 9-11 who have experienced abuse. Cathy’s Kids will be held at The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara Centre, 8 Forster St, St. Catharines.⠀ ⠀ For all information and registration forms visit our websites. ...

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