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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

We're so grateful to the many organizations across the Niagara Region who raise funds on our behalf! ⠀ ⠀ If you're looking to get involved in a unique way, we can help. Whether you’re looking to run a one-time fundraiser, an annual event, or perhaps a company-wide project, many options can be catered specifically to you and your organization. ⠀ ⠀ To get started or to request more information, contact Susanne McCarroll at or 905-937-5435. ...

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Thank you to all our supporters for showing us love all year round. We're so grateful for each and everyone one of you. We're truly better together! Happy Valentine's Day! 💞 ...

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DON'T MISS OUT! Last chance to register for our Ultimate Dodgeball Challenge is this Friday, February 14th. 🏐⠀ ⠀ WHERE: Niagara Ball Hockey Club⠀ WHEN: Friday, February 28th⠀ WHY: This event is a great opportunity for students to wrap up #YouthLeadershipMonth by taking on leadership roles, supporting a local youth-focused charity, and having fun playing some friendly games of dodgeball⠀ ⠀ Register your team today via the link on our Facebook page!⠀ ⠀ __________⠀ #UltimateDodgeballChallenge #DodgeballCompetition #YouthLeaders #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #StCatharines #OurHomeSTC #Ontario ...

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Did you know that 80% of abuse cases reported are known to the child or youth?⠀ ⠀ Stop It Now have shared a tip sheet about everyday actions we as parents and caregivers can take to help keep our kids safe within our own homes and inner circles. ⠀ ⠀ Check out the link on our Facebook page to discover preventative actions you can take today. ...

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In 2014, our Centre was renamed in honour of Kristen French.💛⠀ ⠀ Find out in this video why our name change was so important and how it has affected us and the community⠀ ⠀ __________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #OurStory . ...

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🚨Volunteers needed🚨⠀ ⠀ With 2020 events fast approaching, such as the Amazing Race Niagara, Playhouse Build & Auction, Kids Golfing For Kids, and Spotlight Gala, we're in need of volunteers more than ever!⠀ ⠀ Please consider becoming one of our volunteers today! Email Susanne McCarroll at or submit a form on our website! Link is in our bio.⠀ ⠀ Kindly consider sharing this post to your story to help us spread the word.💕 ...

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Raise a glass and support us at the same time! 🍷⠀ ⠀ For the months of January, February, and March, Château des Charmes will be donating $1 from each Winegrowing Discovery Tour sold to Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. ⠀ ⠀ Tours are $15 per guest which includes a $5 credit to be used for same-day wine purchases. ⠀ ⠀ Visit @chateaudescharmes to view available tour dates and times. ...

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Dog lovers unite! 🐶⠀ ⠀ For every garment sold, Little Chief & Co. will donate $5 to the Centre.⠀ ⠀ Their Champion Crew Neck Sweaters are perfect for walks with the dog or lounging around the house. Long and short sleeves are also available. ⠀ ⠀ Shop branded merchandise today in support of the Centre today! ...

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There is life after abuse. ⠀ ⠀ Organizations, programs and services are put in place to help children, youth and their families lead a life full of hope, happiness and healing.⠀ ⠀ Learn how to get help by tapping the link in our bio. ...

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If you don’t have the time to volunteer or have the funds to donate, there are other ways you can show your support for The Centre! ⠀ ⠀ One of those ways is to help us spread awareness on social media. All likes, comments, tags, shares, retweets and follows help us reach more people and spread the word!⠀ ⠀ We appreciate every show of support big or small. 💗 ...

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We couldn’t and can’t do it without you Niagara!⠀ ⠀ Without the support of our partners, sponsors, local businesses and individuals, there would be no Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. ⠀ ⠀ Every one of us CAN do something to help make Niagara a better place for our children and youth.⠀ ⠀ Be a part of that solution. To learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference in your community, click the link below.⠀ ⠀ To learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference in your community, click on the link in our bio!⠀ ⠀ A big thank you to @wsendzik for your continued support! ...

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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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