Mission: Service children and families in the Niagara Region who have been impacted by child abuse.
Abuse is a difficult subject for any young person to talk about. Fortunately, the caring professionals at the Kristen French CACN are committed to making the life of a child or youth who has experienced abuse a little bit easier.
The Kristen French CACN provides a safe place to help, heal, end child abuse for Niagara’s children and youth who have experienced alleged physical abuse, sexual abuse, become the targets of internet luring, or were the unwilling witness of violence.
The environment is child-focused and private, providing a safe and non-threatening place for children and youth to disclose their experience of abuse to specially trained teams from the Niagara Regional Police Service and Family and Children’s Services Niagara who respectively, investigate to determine criminal charges and protection needs. Mental health professionals from Family Counselling Centre Niagara provide much needed follow-up counselling support at no cost and without a wait list.
Opened on September 16th, 2008 the Kristen French CACN is a registered charitable organization that serves Niagara’s 12 municipalities helping children and families cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse.
Before the Niagara region had the Kristen French CACN, children and youth were subjected to multiple interviews at multiple locations. The existence of the Kristen French CACN minimizes the number of times children must tell their story, reducing the trauma of disclosure and ensuring a coordinated, cost-effective delivery of service to Niagara’s children, youth and their supportive family members.
“I knew how tough it was for kids to report what had happened to them. Before the Kristen French CACN, the interviews had to take place at police stations or other offices where children could find this to be uncomfortable or intimidating. Without wanting to, we were re-victimizing the child.”
Frank Parkhouse, Retired Niagara Regional Deputy Chief of Police and Kristen French CACN Board of Director