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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

With schools, community centres and an increasing number of playgrounds closed, there are fewer allied adults and community eyes on our children to protect them from harm in isolated home environments. 82% of children who have experienced abuse (physical, sexual, neglect or witnesses to violence) know the adults who have abused them. Out of reported cases a combined 54% of alleged abuse is at the hands of parents, other relatives and step-parents. Not only are there the chronic cases of abuse but also many other stresses on all caregivers at this time. If you know of a family in stress - reach out with online playdates and chats. Check-in on neighbours, relatives and friends to strengthen connections and support resilience in mental health during this time of self-isolating. If appropriate share helpful, kind, non-judgmental ideas for coping with caregiving. We all contribute to the resilience in our families and communities and can choose to reach out through the many safe social media platforms available to us to stay transparent and connected. Children are dependent upon a caring adult community to report abuse. Please be extra vigilant on behalf of our children and youth and if known or suspected, continue to report abuse. You can call 24/7 - Family and Children’s Services Niagara 905-937-7731 or 1-888=937-7731 or Niagara Regional Police Services 905-688-4111. If you suspect a child is in imminent danger, call 911 immediately. ...

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While we continue to slowly and safely plan our upcoming Amazing Race Niagara, hoping it will be the best one yet - we are sending a heartfelt reminder to our amazing community. ⠀ ⠀ During this unprecedented and challenging time, it is difficult to know how the people around us are feeling so please be kind, respectful, understanding and supportive whenever possible. ⠀ ⠀ We're grateful for your ongoing support during this uncertain time and wish to remind everyone that we are all stronger when we work together. ⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in supporting The Centre by gathering a team of friends, family and/or coworkers, and participating in our Amazing Race Niagara on Sunday, September 13, kindly register at Your participation and support means so much. ...

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Give back to give back! 🍾➡️💖⠀ ⠀ Now through to mid-April, when you return your empty wine bottles to the 4887 Dorchester Road @WineRackCanada location, all proceeds will be donated to The Centre. You'll also have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a basket filled with goodies including four tickets to the @Skylon_Tower and its 3D experience, a $100 Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room gift certificate, a Salt Cave Spa treatment for two, a $50 Zehrs gift card, two tickets for Second City Comedy Club, and so much more!⠀ ⠀ This is an especially exciting collaboration, because you will also be able to adopt balloon animals from @masqueradeletsplanaparty! 🎈 ...

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Help us fill the cracks in sidewalks with red sand across Niagara to help raise awareness and prevent our youth from falling through the cracks.⠀ ⠀ Knowledge is power. Here are a few reasons why it's important to raise awareness:⠀ 👉 Makes people more aware of the dangers and encourages them to take preventative measures in their own lives⠀ 👉 With knowledge of a problem comes the responsibility to do something about it. This can result in increasing volunteers and raising funds⠀ 👉 Joins people together who share a common passion for a cause⠀ 👉 Changes people's attitudes and preconceived notions about an issue⠀ ⠀ Don't forget to register for our #RedSandProjectNiagara on our website.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline 1.833.900.1010 ...

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Freshen up for spring and support Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara with Janet from @Scentsy! 🌷⠀ ⠀ Janet Rossi, lead Scentsy Consultant is hosting an online party and donating 10% of the proceeds of each Whiff Box and other products sold. This means that $4.00 from the purchase of every Whiff Box ($40.00) until the end of March, will be donated to The Centre!⠀ ⠀ Visit the link on our Facebook page to shop now! ...

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Abuse is never OK. Even in your own familiy.⠀ ⠀ What is family abuse? It is when an adult, typically a parent or caregiver, uses violence to control or harm a family member. The abuse can be physical, emotional/psychological or sexual. Neglect is another form of abuse.⠀ ⠀ Violence can happen in many different family relationships and is not always between parents or caregivers and children.⠀ ⠀ Your safety matters and you are never alone. You have a community and organizations that are here to help.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know has been 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. Learn about how @KidsHelpPhone can help by visiting their page.⠀ ⠀ 📸 : @ungcancer ...

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Until the end of March, you can sip and support at the same time! 🥂 $1 from every Winegrowing Discovery Tour sold at Château des Charmes will be donated 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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On May 16th, we will continue our efforts to raise awareness for human trafficking through a project that is oh so near and dear to our hearts. ⠀ The Red Sand Project is a community project we are proud to lead as individuals will be given red sand to fill in the cracks on City sidewalks. ⠀ This visual is meant to raise awareness of the vulnerabilities that can lead to exploitation of children & youth.⠀ ⠀ Let's all take this opportunity to raise awareness and prevent more of Niagara's youth from falling through the cracks.⠀ ⠀ We hope to see you in St. Catharines, Grimsby, Welland, Niagara Falls or Port Colborne on May 16th! Mark your calendars and make sure to register via the website.⠀ ⠀ Please consider sharing this post to your story to help us raise awareness and spread the word.⠀ ⠀ If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline 1.833.900.1010 ...

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Smell your way through spring into Easter and order your Scentsy Whiff Box today to support Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara!💜⠀ ⠀ Scentsy Whiff Box is a monthly hand-picked assortment of Scentsy fragrances and product lines designed to entice you to purchase new, trending and seasonal items. ⠀ ⠀ Janet Rossi, lead Scentsy Consultant is hosting an online party and donating 10% of the proceeds to the Centre – To make things really easy she will donate $4.00 from the purchase of every Whiff Box ($40.00) sold from now until the end of March! ⠀ ⠀ You can still order your favourite Scentsy products or any other item from their new spring catalogue and 10% will still go to the Centre.⠀ ⠀ Visit the link on our Facebook page to place your order.⠀ ⠀ Thank you so much Janet Rossi for hosting this fundraiser for The Centre! ⠀ ⠀ Kindly consider helping us spread the word by sharing this post to your story! ...

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It's never too late to become a volunteer! ⠀ ⠀ Utilize your talents, skills and creativity in a meaningful way by giving back to the community while supporting a cause that you believe in. ⠀ ⠀ Become one of our volunteers today! Email Susanne McCaroll at or submit a form on our website! Link is in our bio. ...

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Our Executive Director, Jan Handy, is thrilled to be present at the National CAC/YCAC meeting today in Montreal with colleague Lynda Ware, who is the Board President of the Windsor Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. Earlier today, attendees were lucky to hear a wonderful presentation on social paediatrics. It’s wonderful to see the amazing work from organizations across Canada! ...

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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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