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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

october 2020

22oct6:00 pm10:00 pmFeaturedSpotlight Gala 20206:00 pm - 10:00 pm Americana Conference Resort, 8444 Lundys Lane

What's Happening @KFCACN

Talking about and understanding consent is important for all ages, but knowing where to find the most accurate information is essential! 📣⠀ ⠀ For the most accurate information about consent in Ontario, visit the link in our bio and click the "What is consent" tab.⠀ __________⠀ #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #CommunityInvolvement #Niagara #NiagaraRegion #NoMeansNo #Consent ...

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Family and Children's Services Niagara has a mission to protect, support and strengthen the lives of children, youth, adults and families. As a multi-service organization, they offer a wide range of programs that protect children, strengthen families and help youth and adults to be the best they can be.⠀ ⠀ Reporting child abuse is everyone's responsibility. To report abuse, call Family and Children’s Services Niagara at either 905-937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can report anonymously or give your name and ask to remain confidential. Please do not attempt to make a report or referral by email, reports should be made by phone or in person. ...

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World Suicide Prevention Day is a chance for everyone to join together in promoting understanding and education about suicide those.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know is in need of support, @distresscentreniagara crisis services are available 24/7.⠀ ⠀ 💛 St. Catharines, Niagara Falls And Area – 905-688-3711⠀ 💛 Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Area – 905-734-1212⠀ 💛 Fort Erie and Area – 905-382-0689⠀ 💛 Grimsby, West Lincoln – 905-563-6674 ...

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It's school time again! 🏫⠀ ⠀ The lengthy summer holiday has been an exciting time for many, but that's not the case for all school-aged children. With back-to-school practices heading back into full swing, we are anticipating an increase in reports.⠀ ⠀ 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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Observed in September, every year, World Suicide Prevention Month provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.⠀ ⠀ On September 10th - World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) - the @DistressCentreNiagara will host their Annual Suicide Awareness Walk. Register for the walk by visiting their profile.⠀ ⠀ For resources and information about how you can help to make Niagara a suicide-safer community, visit the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition's website. ...

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As we head into the last long weekend of the summer before children head back to their academics - whether they be from home or in a school setting - there are a few things you can tackle that will help set your family up for a stress-free first day! 🎒📚⠀ ⠀ 🍎 Start adjusting bedtime: Try moving lights-out 15 minutes ahead each evening.⠀ 🍎 Set your morning routine: Create, print, and laminate a list. Lists are great for keeping kids motivated!⠀ 🍎 Get familiar with school: Erase a bit of the first-day jitters by setting up your home for a pretend first-day and doing a dry run.⠀ 🍎 Add a new responsibility: This could be a fun challenge for kids. Task them with picking out their clothes or making their bed each morning.⠀ 🍎 Create a homework workspace: Create a quiet, distraction-free spot with good light and a comfy seat.⠀ 🍎 Do something fun: Enjoy a family beach day or picnic, making some exciting new memories! ...

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❔FAQ ❔ Does the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara duplicate services?⠀ ⠀ Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is an amalgamation of services and is a one-of-a-kind model for child abuse investigation. It is a more efficient and cost-effective way to investigate allegations of child abuse. The use of a multi-disciplinary team reduces duplication and increases efficiency and repetitive investigations into each incident of reported child abuse. ...

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We are here at Beechwood Golf & Social house for our last stop on the Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction! A big thank you to all our sponsors that supported us this year throughout the tournament, and thank you to all the Niagara Junior Tour youth that participated and raised pledges throughout the stops! It’s been a fun couple of weeks. Good luck today golfers! ...

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The Centre works with three core partners to provide joint investigation and follow-up mental health support to children who have experienced the impacts of abuse.⠀ ⠀ Upon competition of the investigations, a Family Enrichment Worker can connect you and your child to counselling with an experienced therapist from the Family Counselling Centre (FCC) Niagara. FCC provides free, no-wait, confidential, child-focused counselling to children and youth. Child abuse hurts the entire family, which is why counselling is available to supportive caregivers and family members as well.⠀ ⠀ For more information, visit the link in our bio ⭐⠀ ⠀ 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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Thank you so much to our friends at Canadian Polish Society for your continued support of children & youth in Niagara impacted by abuse and for hosting our Amazing Race Niagara event each year at the beautiful Polonia Park on York Rd, in Niagara-on-the-lake.#ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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Thank you so much to @TD_Canada for choosing us as one of their recipients of the TD Community Resilience Initiative, created to help strengthen community resilience today and into the future.⠀ ⠀ The donation of $2000 allows us to continue providing Niagara's children, youth and their families with a safe place to talk about abuse during these unprecedented times. With the increase of safety and cleaning protocols we are able to provide the proper PPE to staff and those visiting the Centre, due to the generosity of TD Canada Trust. ...

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We are extremely fortunate and honoured to be one of the 18 charities chosen by @caa_niagara's Big Boost Program. This program focuses on helping charities, like ours and many more financially so we can ensure our community is staying safe and still supported through these challenging times.⠀ ⠀ As child abuse investigations continue, we have had to take extra precautions and up our cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure that all children, youth and their families visiting the Centre are safe. ...

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Want to race against others for a great cause? Then the Amazing Race Niagara is for you! Gather up to 3 friends or family members and enjoy competing in some Amazing outdoor challenges! Sign up today amazingraceniagara.ca! #ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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It’s time for another segment of our ✨ Volunteer Spotlight Series ✨⠀ ⠀ This month we're highlighting Randi Perriam! Rand, a Niagara College student enrolled in the Event Management Program. Randi expressed an interest in completing her course-related internship with the Centre in an effort to learn more about fundraising & events in the not-for-profit sector.⠀ ⠀ Randi joined us in November 2019 and immediately immersed herself into our year-end social event where she took the reins and helped with timelines, documents, planning and so much more. Randi has exceptional skills and her marketing flair was evident in her tasks which were completed with professionalism and precision. She was enthusiastic and eager to learn from others, as much as she enjoyed sharing her skills and teaching others.⠀ ⠀ Some of Randi's favourite moments while volunteering included getting to know the other staff and volunteers.⠀ ⠀ When we asked Randi what her advice would be to someone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre she replied, “Do it. You will not be disappointed; you will be able to work with a close group of wonderful people who want you to get the most out of your time with them."⠀ ⠀ We are truly grateful for the gift of time, knowledge & skill that Randi gave to the Centre. We very much enjoyed having Randi volunteer with us and know that she will continue to make a positive impact everywhere she goes! Thank you so much Randi! 🤩 ...

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We are here at Grand Niagara Golf Club for our 7th stop on the Kids Golfing for Kids fundraiser presented by Rankin Construction. Good luck to all the Niagara Junior Tour golfers today! Next stop on the tour is Beechwood Golf & Social house August 24th! ...

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Thank you CLIF Bars for supporting our racers with an in-kind donation of @clifbar for our survivor bags! #ARN2020 #BeAHero ...

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We are excited to welcome back @stcatharinesmazda as a PIT STOP Sponsor in support of our Amazing Race Niagara event this year! We are truly grateful for your ongoing support of our Centre. #ARN2020, #BeAHero ...

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