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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 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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❔FAQ ❔ The investigations that are referred to the Centre are governed by legal requirements that child protection and police are mandated to fulfill.⠀ ⠀ When abuse is suspected, there is no change in the reporting process. Reports are made to Family and Children's Services Niagara or @niagararegionalpolice, who each have an intake process. Through that process, it is decided whether an investigation is necessary. If an investigation is necessary, the interviews can take place at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.⠀ ⠀ 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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We're sending our sincerest thanks to The Niagara Heritage Quilters' Guild ( for their generous donation of $4,697! 💗⠀ ⠀ Funds were raised through the auctioning of a stunning quilt made by the Guild themselves.⠀ ⠀ In the photo below, you'll find Sharee Eidt and Lynne Wilkinson, the ladies responsible for organizing the quilt raffle and Gloria Meyer, co-chair of the recently postponed quilt show. From the Centre, Executive Director Jan Handy, President and Chair of our Board of Directors Mark Doyle, and Director and Chair of Building Community Frank Parkhouse were present for this exciting and much appreciated presentation.⠀ ⠀ Thank you once again for your donation, The Centre is very humbled and grateful. ...

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🔸 69% of physical abuse cases resulted from inappropriate punishment 🔸⠀ ⠀ Discipline is about changing behaviour, not about punishing children. Effective discipline is done in a firm, fair, reasonable and consistent manner. Positive reinforcement is a very effective type of discipline (it can be more effective than punishment) and can be used to encourage wanted behaviour.​​⠀ ⠀ Discipline can be a tiring task, but positive reinforcement can be enjoyable for both children and parents. If your child is acting appropriately, take notice and praise them for it. The positive reinforcement may encourage good behaviour in the future while punishment acknowledges negative behaviour.⠀ ⠀ Sometimes punishment is necessary but excessive punishment can make your child feel more anxious, helpless, or angry.⠀ ⠀ This #AboutKidsHealth article includes discipline tips for children of all ages → ...

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It’s a beautiful day out here at Rolling Meadows Golf & Country Club for our second tournament on the Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction Inc.! Good luck to all the Niagara Junior Tour youth that are participating in today’s tournament. Stay hydrated and have fun! #EndChildAbuse #KFCACN #KristenFrench #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #NiagaraJuniorGolfTour #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #StCatharines #StCatharinesOntario #NiagaraFalls #NiagaraFundraiser #FundraiserEvent #KidsGolfingforKids #RankinConstruction ...

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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⠀ 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 ...

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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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