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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.

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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.

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What's Happening @KFCACN

Let's talk about secrets! ⠀ ⠀ Generally, adults who ask kids to keep secrets have good intentions. Unfortunately, there are people who prey on children and their predatory success depends on their ability to tell a child to keep their behaviour a deep, dark secret. That’s why it’s essential to teach kids about secrets.⠀ ⠀ 🤫 Keeping a secret means not telling anyone ever. This is not allowed, even if it's something fun.⠀ 🤩 Keeping a surprise means staying quiet until the right time and then everyone knows. ⠀ ⠀ Remember: Secrets are not allowed even if they're happy and should be told to a trusted adult, especially if they make you feel sad, scared, or break body safety rules.⠀ ⠀ Visit @mamabeareffect for more useful resources. ...

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Human trafficking victims go through a complex process as they prepare to leave "the game" 🔄⠀ ⠀ The Stages of Change Model depicts what trafficking victims experience as they begin to self-identify as victims and prepare for the maintenance and stable behaviour stage.⠀ ⠀ Victims can enter or complete stages once or multiple times before a stable situation is established, because victims do not follow a set sequence order, change is described as being cyclical.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about human trafficking by visiting the link in our bio and clicking on "Human Trafficking". ...

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"The work people do there ... involves a delicate balance — trying to be positive for young people who are going through a very negative experience. Jan is an unbelievably positive force in doing that,” said president and board chair Mark Doyle. ⠀ ⠀ After 6 pivotal years in the position of Executive Director of Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, Jan Handy is retiring, and she's looking forward to dedicating more of her free time to painting.⠀ ⠀ Please join us in thanking Jan for the tremendous job that she's done during her time at the Centre and wish her well on her next chapter! 💖⠀ ⠀ Read the full article by @stcatharinesstandard by visiting the link in our bio 🔝 ...

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There are 8 million kids in Canada and they all have something in common - their rights! 🙌⠀ ⠀ Today is #NationalChildDay in Canada - a time to come together and celebrate our country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children.⠀ ⠀ This special day recognizes two historic events: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Globally, the day is known as International Day of the Child. ⠀ ⠀ Children First Canada is hosting an interactive digital event today at 1 p.m. ET. Children and youth from across the country will discuss what it means to be #SeenAndHeard. You’ll also hear from youth activists, Canada’s leading voices for children’s rights, government and industry leaders, and more. ⠀ ⠀ Visit @child1stca for more information. ...

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❔FAQ ❔ After the interview, Family Counselling Services are called upon to provide counselling at no cost and without a waitlist. Family Enrichment Workers provide referrals and ongoing support.⠀ ⠀ Other resilience enhancing programming is also available when supported by grants or donors.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about the Centre and this structured process by visiting the link in our bio. ...

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As a registered charitable organization, the Centre operates without any core government funding and needs your help to continue providing the necessary support Niagara’s children, youth & their families need as they cope with the life-altering impacts of child abuse.⠀ ⠀ Here are 5 reasons you should donate:⠀ ⠀ 🔸 Financial benefits/tax time⠀ 🔸 Teach kids the importance of giving.⠀ 🔸 Giving promotes feelings of happiness.⠀ 🔸 Experience lifelong benefits when you donate your time.⠀ 🔸 Donating gives you the opportunity to show gratitude.⠀ ⠀ Please donate by visiting the link in our bio! 💖 ...

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Paint a better future for children and youth affected by abuse 💖⠀ ⠀ For the month of November, paint with @crockadoodlestcatharines and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara!⠀ ⠀ Choose to paint in studio, at home, or gift a Take Home Kit to someone special! Create your own hand-painted pieces, each as unique as the person who created it. ⠀ ⠀ Mention Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre at time of purchase at the studio or include it in the notes section if purchasing online.⠀ ⠀ Visit the link in our bio and click the 'Crock A Doodle Fundraiser' tab to get painting! 🎨 ...

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Time to get spooky! 🎃⠀ ⠀ Trick-or-treating will look a little different this year, should you decide to participate. Here are a few things to consider to keep your little ghosts and ghouls safe:⠀ ⠀ 👻 Establish ground rules → Prevent digging around a candy bowl and touching multiple pieces. Avoid running around the street and ask kids to stay as far away from people outside of your household as possible.⠀ 👻 Don't share props, toys or bowls → Keep the swords, wands and tiaras from being passed around if you can. Ask each child to hold onto their own candy bags.⠀ 👻 Bring hand sanitizer & practice not touching your face → Take a break and give kids some hand sanitizer to clean their hands. This is a good time to take a break from wearing a mask, in a safe spot away from others. ...

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Child abuse hurts the entire family, which is why we believe that counselling is a fundamental resource made available to supportive caregivers and family members. ⠀ ⠀ Through counselling, caregivers learn:⠀ 🔸 To understand child sexual abuse and how it affects children and families⠀ 🔸 Strategies to re-establish safety and security⠀ 🔸 Build skills to help themselves, their child and their family overcome the trauma of sexual abuse⠀ 🔸 Find support from others dealing with similar struggles⠀ ⠀ Learn more by visiting our website (link in bio). ...

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This Dress Purple Day we remind families that help is available and no one is alone 💟⠀ ⠀ Dress Purple Day is an opportunity to make sure families, especially those facing additional hardships during COVID-19, know that there are resources and services available to help them.⠀ ⠀ On October 27, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara will dress purple to remind them we are one of the places families can turn to for help. ...

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COVID-19 can lead to an increase in risk factors surrounding mental health, intimate partner violence, and maltreatment of children and youth.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know is need of support please reach out to Family and Children’s Services Niagara 24/7 by calling 905-937- 7731 or 1-888-937-7731. ...

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We would like to thank @theharewineco and @notlrotary for their support in last evening's Virtual Wine Tasting via Zoom! 🎥🥂⠀ ⠀ It was a pleasure to have our Executive Director Jan Handy present to bring awareness to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. Thank you for the opportunity Stephanie, Travis, John and to each of the other presenters! ...

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We all have a role to play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families in Ontario.⠀ ⠀ On October 27, PECAN supporters will dress purple to show our support for the vulnerable children, youth, and families in our community. ⠀ ⠀ Join the Dress Purple Day campaign to make sure your friends, family, neighbours, and community know that you are here to help, and no one is alone.⠀ ⠀ #IDressPurpleBecause #DressPurpleDay #ChildAbuseAwareness #ChildAbuseAwarenessMonth #EndChildAbuse #KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KristenFrenchCACN #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAdvocacy #ChildAbuse #Niagara #NiagaraRegion ...

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Families are spending more time at home together than ever before during these unusual times!⠀ ⠀ This guide from @parents provides suggestions to help you thrive at home as a family, including ideas for playing, crafting, learning, eating, celebrating, working, and exercising from home.⠀ ⠀ Find the guide by clicking the link in the bio on their profile! ➡️ ...

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On October 27 we remind ourselves why individuals and community organizations need to step in and help vulnerable children and youth.⠀ ⠀ On Dress Purple Day, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre will speak up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being in all spaces. Adults need to step in and help kids who are dealing with neglect, physical and sexual abuse, gender-based violence, dating violence, and emotional abuse, including racism, intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination. This right applies everywhere – at home and in the community.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about how you can support the campaign by clicking the link in our bio! ...

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