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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

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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We all play a role in ensuring the safety of children, and this is particularly true during this unprecedented time. Reports of child abuse have dramatically declined during COVID-19, which is largely due to the limitations being placed on the supports for children and youth in the community.⠀ ⠀ If you are worried about a child or family you know, here are a few creative ways to check-in and make a difference:⠀ ⠀ 〰️ Reach out through phone calls, text, or video chat. Ask questions about how their day has been, what they have been doing, whether they have any worries or concerns right now.⠀ 〰️ Pay attention to their social media posts. Youth or adults may post about their frustrations, fears, or worries online. Follow up directly with the youth or adult if you are concerned about their post and how they are doing.⠀ 〰️ Encourage self-care activities that are safe to do while social distancing, like dancing or listening to music.⠀ 〰️ Offer to drop off groceries or help a child (over the phone or through video chat) with their school work.⠀ ⠀ We greatly appreciate this video and helpful resources from @SnowflakePlace. If you suspect or know of a child being abused, please report it. Authorities are available 24/7: Family and Children’s Services Niagara 905-937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731 or @niagararegionalpolice 905-688-4111. If a child is in imminent danger, please call 911.⠀ ______________⠀ #SnowflakePlace #ChildProtection #Covid19 #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness ...

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Recently, students have shifted to a more technology-based learning model. While the devices they are using come with their advantages, the continual access to digital information comes with a series of disadvantages as well. One of these is the potential for cyberbullying.⠀ ⠀ 📱 34% of students have been cyber bullied.⠀ 📱 Girls are twice as likely to be bullied.⠀ 📱 7x higher risk for children to be bullied by friends.⠀ 📱 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.⠀ ⠀ If you're looking for information on how to prevent or approach cyberbullying, visit our website (link in bio) and click "Resources & Links" in the "Get Help" tab. ...

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Over the last 2 months, we’ve all had to adjust everyday life as we once knew it. Canadians are experiencing some form of prolonged isolation alongside widespread economic hardship due to public health measures, such as physical distancing and staying-in-place policies enacted across all government levels. To better understand what families with children are experiencing during COVID-19 and what resources may be useful to parents and caregivers, @mcmasteru researchers have initiated a survey at OntarioParentSurvey.ca. This six-week survey period, will investigate the impact of COVID-19 and its associated restrictions on families across the province; specifically, the impact on individuals, the well-being and health of children and caregivers, family stressors and family relations. Participate in the survey here 📌 OntarioParentSurvey.ca 📌 ...

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Even though Mental Health Week is coming to an end, doesn’t mean the conversation stops here. It’s important to continue to raise awareness and talk about suicide in our community and how we can help.⠀ ⠀ There are a number of resources available in the Niagara Region, you just have to know where to look.⠀ ⠀ Visit https://buff.ly/3aWLB04 for more information on how YOU can help continue the conversation and make Niagara a suicide-safer community. ...

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What if we asked “how are you?” and you told us how you really feel.⠀ ⠀ Copy this image to your phone or computer, fill it out, and #GetReal with us. Don't forget to tag @CMHAnational in your posts and visit their page for more resources. ...

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Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility.⠀ ⠀ The Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition has created a helpful video to help raise awareness and end the stigma associated with suicide.⠀ ⠀ Let’s make Niagara a suicide-safer community:⠀ • Talk openly⠀ • Ask directly⠀ • Reach out for help⠀ ⠀ For more information, resources and upcoming training, visit: https://buff.ly/3cc7qdh⠀ __________________⠀ If you are in crisis or know someone who may be in crisis – help is out there:⠀ • Immediate Risk: 9-1-1⠀ • COAST (Crisis Outreach & Support Team): 1-866-550-5205⠀ • Pathstone Mental Health (@pathstonemh_niagara): 1-800-263-4944 ...

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In Niagara, approximately 11% of all suicides occur in youth between the ages of 10-24 years old.⠀ ⠀ Educate yourself, friends & family on suicide prevention in Niagara. The Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition has created a video to help raise awareness on suicide in Niagara. Join in on the conversation for #MentalHealthWeek and help make Niagara a suicide-safer community.⠀ ___________________⠀ If you are in crisis or know someone who may be in crisis – help is out there:⠀ • Immediate Risk: 9-1-1⠀ • COAST (Crisis Outreach & Support Team): 1-866-550-5205⠀ • Pathstone Mental Health (@pathstonemh_niagara): 1-800-263-4944 ...

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Dear supporters, friends and donors of The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara,⠀ ⠀ Today is Giving Tuesday and we know how difficult it is for so many of you who have been impacted economically by COVID-19. Whether you are a business that is impacted by the shutdowns, the health care community on the front lines working for us all, families who are trying to make ends meet after being laid off from work or a not-for-profit organization like ours, we are all impacted by the domino effect that has affected donors’ capacity to give. We understand and we know it’s hard.⠀ ⠀ There is another reality. Reports of child abuse in Ontario have dropped 20% since social isolation became the norm. This is directly due to the shutting down of community centres, schools, sports and other venues where caring adults might otherwise see, hear or be concerned for a child or youth in danger and would report that concern to child protection and police authorities. Together as a community we are the advocates, the voices for our children and youth and right now for 54% of all reported cases of child abuse, home is not always the safest place to be. Those children are now isolated and their caregivers - under increased stress - have reduced capacity to cope with their children’s needs.⠀ ⠀ On Giving Tuesday, we give thanks to those of you who have been able to continue with their support, sponsors who have turned their event support into straight donations to help us offset losses that have come from having to cancel recent fundraising events, and to the program donors who wait with us as we anticipate the reopening of programs for our children and youth.⠀ ⠀ For those who wish to donate on this universal day of giving, we thank you for embracing our work in the community and giving to those who are the most vulnerable. Donations can be made by visiting our website (link in bio).⠀ ⠀ We are stronger together. Thank you and be safe! 💛 ...

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In Niagara, someone dies by suicide approximately every 9 days.⠀ ⠀ Suicide can be prevented.⠀ ⠀ For more information and helpful resources visit: https://buff.ly/3aWLB04. Get in the know, educate yourself, family, friends, coworkers and more on suicide prevention in Niagara.⠀ ___________________⠀ If you are in crisis or know someone who may be in crisis – help is out there:⠀ • Immediate Risk: 9-1-1⠀ • COAST (Crisis Outreach & Support Team): 1-866-550-5205⠀ • Pathstone Mental Health (@pathstonemh_niagara): 1-800-263-4944 ...

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Connecting with others doesn’t just feel good, it’s good for our mental health. This Mental Health Week, connect with others and #GetReal about how you feel.⠀ ⠀ To access helpful resources and more information, visit @cmhanational.⠀ ______________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #NiagaraSuicidePreventionCoalition #NiagaraSPC #SuicidePrevention #MentalHealthWeek #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealth #GetReal ...

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Did you know suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds? Suicide prevention is everyones responsibility!⠀ ⠀ Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC) has created an education and awareness video to raise awareness and educate the Niagara community. Get in the know, educate yourself, family, friends, coworkers, etc. on suicide prevention in Niagara. View the video over at: https://buff.ly/2SATLoo.⠀ ___________________⠀ If you are in crisis or know someone who may be in crisis – help is out there:⠀ • Immediate Risk: 9-1-1⠀ • COAST (Crisis Outreach & Support Team): 1-866-550-5205⠀ • Pathstone Mental Health (@pathstonemh_niagara): 1-800-263-4944 ...

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#Parents — we’re here to help you keep your kids safe while they’re online gaming, chatting, or live streaming. Watch this with your kids.⠀ ________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #OnlineSafety #TipsForKids ...

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Your comfort, support and reassurance can make children feel safe during and following a traumatic event. @ChildMindInstitute has the following tips to help you manage your child's fears, guide them through their grief, and help them recover in a healthy way:⠀ ⠀ ▪️ Make your child feel safe.⠀ ▪️ Act calm.⠀ ▪️ Maintain routines as much as possible.⠀ ▪️ Help children enjoy themselves.⠀ ▪️ Share information about what happened.⠀ ▪️ Pick good times to talk.⠀ ▪️ Understand that children cope in different ways.⠀ ▪️ Help children relax with breathing exercises.⠀ ▪️ Acknowledge what your child is feeling.⠀ ▪️ Know that it’s okay to answer, “I don’t know.”⠀ ⠀ 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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