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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

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

If you've had your eye on some of the Park Lane Jewellery pieces, now is the time to order! 💍⠀ ⠀ Tomorrow is the last day that you can place an order in support of The Centre. ⠀ ⠀ Place your order via the link posted on our Facebook page.⠀ ⠀ Kindly help us spread the word sharing to your story💕⠀ ⠀ 📸 : @parklanejewelry ...

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Did you know that we offer an abundance of information and resources on our website regarding terminology, online safety, cyber bullying and local services? ⠀ ⠀ Educate yourself and share the knowledge today via the link in our bio ...

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Just like other communities in Canada, the nature of child abuse cases in Niagara varies. ⠀ ⠀ Our partner Family and Children's Services Niagara documented the nature of abuse cases as shown in the infographic below.⠀ ⠀ 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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Give the gift of gorgeous jewellery with a cause this Valentine's Day💞 ⠀ ⠀ 50% of the proceeds of every purchase will go towards The Centre. Jewellery prices range from $30-$50. ⠀ ⠀ Make sure to browse all 77 items on the website and to place your order by January 21st! ⠀ ⠀ Link is posted on our Facebook page.⠀ ⠀ Interested in helping us raise funds? We would love it if you shared this post to your Instagram story!. ...

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Properly teaching your kids about strangers, secrets and other safety issues can be a challenge. However, it doesn't need to be!⠀ ⠀ Learn what to teach your kids at every age to keep them safe by reading the @Parents Stranger Safety Tips for Kids and Parents article that we shared our Facebook page. ...

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Why is the Child Advocacy Centre model critical? Watch the video below for an explanation from our Executive Director Janet Handy!⠀ ⠀ Learn more about Child Advocacy Centre models via the link shared on our Facebook page!⠀ _____⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre⠀ #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness⠀ #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara⠀ #NiagaraRegion #OurHomeSTC ...

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Our colleagues at the @we_cyac created this useful indicator for the Signs of Abuse. ⠀ ⠀ Recognize any of the signs? 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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"For a few years, it was easy to have a “no secrets’ policy. Our children were young, and if a friend or family member or a random stranger in the street even said the word “secret” our children would gleefully yell “We don't have secrets! We have surprises! There’s an important difference!” ⠀ ⠀ @Lulasticblog wrote an incredible article on becoming a "No Secrets Family" and what it has taught her children. We highly recommend this read. Visit our Facebook page to access the link! ...

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A heartfelt thank you to all our partners, sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters! ⠀ ⠀ Your continual show of support and compassion warms our hearts. It allows us to continue to provide a safe place for Niagara’s children and youth and we couldn't be more grateful!⠀ _______⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre⠀ #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness⠀ #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara⠀ #NiagaraRegion #OurHomeSTC⠀ #StCatharines #StCatharinesOntario⠀ #NiagaraFalls #Community #ThankYourDonors #ThankYouSponsors ...

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As a partner in Niagara’s Human Trafficking Protocol, we have developed a Human Trafficking Service Providers Map for the Niagara region!⠀ ⠀ This tool is specially designed to allow parents, youth and victims of human trafficking to find a service provider nearby that is there to help and answer questions.⠀ ⠀ Locate a service provider near you by visiting our website⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline 1.833.900.1010⠀ ___________⠀ #AntiHumanTraffickingNiagara ⠀ #HumanTraffickingNiagara #HumanTraffickingisReal #CanadianHumanTraffickingHotline #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacyCentre #GoldenHorseshoe #Niagara #NiagaraON #StCatharines #NOTL #NiagaraFalls #FortErie #PortColborne #Grimsby #Lincoln #Pelham #Wainfleet #Welland ...

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From all of us at Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, we hope you and yours have a fantastic holiday season full of love, compassion and celebration.⠀ ⠀ It's not too late to become a Kristen's Helper, please consider donating over the holidays 👉 link in bio ...

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Are you looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer for someone on your Holiday Shopping List 🎄 Why not donate on their behalf? ⠀ ⠀ Instead of exchanging gifts this year, give the gift of a safe place for Niagara's children and youth by gifting the title of Kristen's Helper.⠀ ⠀ Tap the link in our bio to learn more and donate today! ...

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This Holiday Season, all of us at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre are asking our community to become Kristen's Helpers. ✨⠀ ⠀ We're looking to raise $10,000 to help continue to provide: ⠀ ❤ A non-threatening, child-friendly place where children and youth feel safe disclosing their abuse experience⠀ ❤ Minimize the number of times children must repeat their experience⠀ ❤ Provide a coordinated partners’ response that significantly reduces the trauma associated with disclosing abuse⠀ ❤ Valuable Programs & Services⠀ ❤ Education & Awareness⠀ ❤ Prevent other children from becoming victims of abuse⠀ ❤ Your continued support will provide much needed and important services to Niagara’s most vulnerable children⠀ ⠀ Donate and become a Kristen's Helper today via the link in our bio.⠀ ____________⠀ #KristensHelpers #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre⠀ #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness⠀ #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara⠀ #NiagaraRegion #OurHomeSTC⠀ #StCatharines #StCatharinesOntario⠀ #NiagaraFalls #Community #KristensHelpers ...

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Our Holiday Open House and Last Minute Christmas Market is tonight! 📅⠀ ⠀ Thank you to all the local vendors who are coming out to share their inventory for our participants. We can't wait to see everyone and for all of you to see what a great selection of vendors we have here!⠀ ⠀ Check out our Facebook Page for full event information!⠀ _________⠀ #KristensHelpers #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #Donate #ChildAdvocate #HowToHelp #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #OurHomeSTC #StCatharines #StCatharinesOntario #NiagaraFalls #ChristmasOpenHouse #LastMinuteMarket ...

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A great way to start the day it was 💗⠀ ⠀ Thank you so much @IBEW303 for the incredible donation of $15,135! We are beyond humbled and are so grateful.⠀ ⠀ Funds were raised during their 9th annual IBEW Local 303 Community Partners Golf Tournament! Make sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming fundraising events by clicking on the link in their bio! ...

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What is Human Trafficking? How does trafficking happen to young, local girls?⠀ ⠀ Learn through the @CovenantHouse Toronto's four-minute dramatization video of the real-life experience of "Amy". The video is shared on our Facebook page.⠀ ⠀ Amy’s video is provided by Covenant House Toronto, the largest agency in Canada serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk. ...

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Our Holiday Open House and "Last Minute" Vendor Market is fast approaching! Check out all of the vendors we have coming to provide you with one of a kind gifts! 🎁⠀ ⠀ ✨ Organize.n.Acessorize⠀ ✨ So Knotty Crochet⠀ ✨ Silly Lilly's Embroidery⠀ ✨ S & D Personalized Creations⠀ ✨Sweetly Stitched⠀ ✨ KreativityKilledTheKat⠀ ✨ Kathryn Ritchie’s Pampered Chef Exclusives⠀ ✨ Signed with Love⠀ ✨ Kornelia's Raw Beauty⠀ ✨ “Just Add Sparkle” with Cory⠀ ✨ Scentsy by Sheryl⠀ ✨ Discovery Toys⠀ ✨ SweetLegs St Catharines with Georgia⠀ ⠀ Our Holiday Open House and “Last Minute” Vendor Market will take place at our Centre on Thursday, December 17th, 2019 from 5 p.m.-8p.m.⠀ ⠀ Check out our Facebook Page for full event information! ...

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