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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.

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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

Upcoming Events

september 2019

08sep(sep 8)11:00 am18(sep 18)6:00 pmFeaturedAmazing Race Niagara11:00 am - 6:00 pm (18) Polinia Park, 765 York Rd

october 2019

02oct6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedYouth Advisory Council Meeting6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, 8 Forster St.

03oct6:00 pm11:59 pmFeaturedSpotlight Gala 20196:00 pm - 11:59 pm Americana Conference Resort, 8444 Lundys Lane

What's Happening @KFCACN

“Thank you for giving innocent children the attention and care they deserve and for your efforts to bring these important and valuable services to the community of Niagara.” Steve Sullivan – Canada’s First Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime ...

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🚨 OUR SPOTLIGHT GALA IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY 🚨⠀ ⠀ Enjoy a fun evening while supporting a great cause at the 4th Annual Spotlight Gala!✨ Join us as we commemorate October’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and shine a light on the future: CELEBRATING YOUTH!⠀ ⠀ 🎟: 905.937.5435 or click on the link in the bio to buy online. ...

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It was truly Amazing to see all the Heroes participating in this year’s Amazing Race Niagara event – Thank you to all our Amazing Racers, Sponsors, Supporters, Site Locations & Volunteers. #ARN2019 #BeAHero ...

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With the first week of school being over, we wanted to share some Back to School safety tips for when your kids are travelling to and from school! 📕⠀ ⠀ 1️⃣ Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop⠀ ⠀ 2️⃣ Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school — to obey all traffic signals⠀ ⠀ 4️⃣ Teach your child never to talk to strangers⠀ ⠀ 4️⃣ Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number ⠀ ⠀ Have any tips of your own? Share it with us down below! ...

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🚨 REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE TOMORROW! 🚨⠀ ⠀ Don't miss out! Take a minute to fill out the registration form on our website and email it to our Youth Outreach Coordinator, Keegan Kaior, at! ...

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We are definitely revved up about this weekend’s Amazing Race Niagara #ARN2018 With special Thanks to our Race Sponsors Niagara Trailers and 91.7 Giant FM/ Country 89 for your support!! #BeAHero ...

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Tickets on sale now for our 4th Annual Spotlight Gala featuring the comedy of Joe Pillitteri and Karim Azizi as our guest speaker.⠀ ⠀ Call: 905 937 5435 ext 7000⠀ Email: ...

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Thank you so much Zoey and Shelley from @dulibanins for helping us gear up and get ready for the Sunday’s Amazing Race. Your help is greatly appreciated! #ARN2019 #BeAHero ...

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#BackToSchool is here! 📚⠀ ⠀ If you are a youth looking to start the school year on a strong note, we have some great initiatives that are a great way to make a difference in your community (and they look great on a resume). Learn more by visiting the link in our bio. ...

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We are beyond #thankful! ✨ We had Brandon and Jesse from @algomacentral deliver a donation to the centre from the proceeds they made from a BBQ fundraiser. An incredible act of generosity!! It’s people and businesses like yours that make life easier for those who need us. #LoveOurCommunity #Community ...

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Did you know that the @niagararegionalpolice reports that at least ONE case of sexual or physical assault on children or youth are investigated each day in our region?⠀ ⠀ Thanks to our everyday heroes, children that have experienced abuse have the support and care that they need. ⠀ ⠀ You can be a hero too and help us #EndChildAbuse in Niagara. The most important thing you can do is report to the authorities 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.⠀ ⠀ Centres like ours are also always looking for donations and volunteers and are forever grateful for all of the support that we receive. If you'd like to learn more, click on the link in our bio. ...

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Are your kids in the know? 💡⠀ ⠀ Kids in the Know is the @cdnchildprotect’s national safety education program. The program engages students with interactive activities to help build skills that increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization online and in the real world. 👉 ...

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Join us for our 4th Annual Spotlight Gala on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. Get your tickets today!⠀ ⠀ Call 905 937 5435 ext 7000 ⠀ Email ...

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Thank you Emily Purcha, Lenore Klassen, & Yasmin Zalac from #TDBankGroup! We are beyond grateful for your generous donation and we couldn’t do what we do without people and companies like yours! ✨ #TDGivesBack ...

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Editing your child's privacy settings on social media is a great step towards protecting your child from online predators.⠀ ⠀ Make sure only your child's friends can see their online activity. Visit your child's privacy settings ASAP to ensure that their privacy is safe and secured online. ⠀ ⠀ Find more internet safety tips tap the link in our profile. ...

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We are looking for volunteers to help with our Amazing Race Niagara event! #BeAHero Visit to sign up today! #ARN2019 ...

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How is your donation to the centre spent? 🤔⠀ ⠀ Programs and Services: Our Children First program is dedicated to hosting our partners as they interview young children and youth in a child-friendly setting through a joint investigation model.⠀ ⠀ Planned Giving: This dedicated fund ensure's children in the future can be supported.⠀ ⠀ Building Maintenance: Disclosing abuse is one of the most difficult tasks that a child or youth may ever undertake. Ensuring that the Centre’s setting remains a relaxed and child-friendly for children and their families are key to their sense of wellbeing. ...

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Get Creative With Teen Creative!⠀ ⠀ Teen Creative is a free, weekly, artist-led, two-hour education and abuse prevention group aimed at helping young women better understand themselves and to learn the power of creative self-expression.💕⠀ ⠀ Who: Registration is open to girls between the ages of 12-15⠀ When: Thursdays 6-8 p.m. from Sept 12-Nov 28, 2019 (12-week program)⠀ Where: 8 Forster St. St. Catharines ON L2N 1Z9⠀ ⠀ Register today! Contact Keegan Kaior – Youth Outreach Coordinator at 905-937-5435 x7024 or⠀ ⠀ *In partnership with Family Counselling Centre Niagara and the @FosterFestival. Teen Creative is sponsored by the @ontrillium. ...

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Amazing Race Niagara allows you to be a Hero just for one day & make an impact in the lives of Niagara’s children & youth affected by abuse. Register your team of heroes today via the link in our bio! ...

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