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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

june 2021

01junAll Day31augFeaturedKids Golfing for Kids 2021(All Day) Beechwood Golf & Social House, 4680 Thorold Townline Rd

september 2021

12sep10:00 am6:00 pmFeaturedAmazing Race Niagara 202110:00 am - 6:00 pm Polinia Park, 765 York Rd

october 2021

octFeaturedVirtual Spotlight Gala 2021Month Long Event (october)

What's Happening @KFCACN

Are you ready, for Part II of our Virtual Learning talk with the Youth Advisory Council, coming out this Thursday ☺👏 You don't want to miss this episode as our ladies, share some advice & tips from a students point of view, that our educators may need to know when it comes to virtual learning! Are you caught up on our Youth Advisory IGTV Takeover!? What's been your favourite part so far?🤔 Let us know below 👇 ...

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Happy #MotivationMondayQuote Everyone! ☺ Our Youth Advisory Council is back with another quote to get you motivated to conquer this week with confidence and happiness! "Being optomistic about the way you fell and perceive yourself is what will lead you to have a more positive attitude towards yourself and those around you. Keep in mind, it is okay to feel down some days, but don't let that feeling drag you down for too long. There are so many people out there who love you." ...

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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.⠀ ⠀ Want to learn more about CACs, or more specifically our Centre? Visit our website (link in bio) for more information. ...

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🤩Over $3000 in prizes still available! Head to chancesforchange.ca now to get your tickets!🤩 Take a chance today! ...

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💰💰💰 OVER $3000 IN PRIZES STILL AVAILABLE! 💰💰💰 Get your tickets today for your chance to win: 1. 1 of 2 $1000 Gift Certificates to Penner Building Centre in St. Catharine's! Draw dates June 18 & June 25 at 12:00 pm. 2. The GRAND PRIZE DRAW now over $1000 on June 30! Take a chance and change a child's life today! Every ticket purchased will help Niagara's kids recover and heal from neglect and child abuse. ...

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💰💰💰 OVER $3000 IN PRIZES STILL AVAILABLE! 💰💰💰 Get your tickets today for your chance to win: 1. 1 of 2 $1000 Gift Certificates to Penner Building Centre in St. Catharine's! Draw dates June 18 & June 25 at 12:00 pm. 2. The GRAND PRIZE DRAW now over $1000 on June 30! Take a chance and change a child's life today! Every ticket purchased will help Niagara's kids recover and heal from neglect and child abuse. ...

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ONLY 2 weeks left to get your tickets for The Chances for Change Lottery! 💛 Participate in our first-ever 50/50 raffle and you could be the lucky winner who brings home 50% of the proceeds on June 30, 2021 or one of several weekly prize winners. Visit chancesforchange.ca to purchase your tickets and help support Niagara children and youth who have experienced abuse. Special thanks to our sponsor, Penner Building Centre, and to all those who participate. Wishing you all the best of luck! 🤞 #endchildabuse #FACSniagara #niagararegionalpolice #niagararegion #niagara ...

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New Week, New Goals, New #MotivationMondayQuote from our Youth Advisory Council! ✨ This is what our Youth Advisory Council has to say about this weeks motivational quote: "We all come from different backgrounds, whether it's culturally, religiously or social economic status. No matter who we are, what we do and where we come from, these differences is what makes our world so compelling and unique. Don't be ashamed of your past, because your past is what has made YOU into the person you are today!🌎" Keep an eye out 👀 for this Thursday's IGTV, as our ladies give some advise on how to start your own self-care journey and what it's done for them, during the pandemic. ...

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Get your tickets BEFORE 11:59 am June 11 to qualify for the 4TH EARLY BIRD DRAW! This week you could win one of the following gift certificates: $100.00 @twentykitchenbar $200.00 @beaconharbourside $200.00 @revaleebrunchcafe #niagara #niagararegion #stcatharines #niagarafalls #welland #portcolborne #thorold #vineland #pelham #forterie #NOTL #FACSniagara #endchildabuse #niagararegionalpolice #niagarafood #niagarafoodie #niagaraeats #eatingniagara #niagararestaurants ...

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🚗 Amazing Race Niagara is proudly sponsored by @country89_1 and @917giantfm! Thank you for your continued support that has made our event a success! 🚗 🎸 Tune in to hear today’s best country and Niagara’s classic rock 🎸 ...

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Stay tuned to find out what great EARLY BIRD prizes we have in store this week! Get your tickets today! Don't wait! Grand prize draw June 30, 2021 with EARLY BIRD PRIZES STILL TO COME! #FACSniagara #endchildabuse #niagararegionalpolice #niagarafood #niagarafoodie #niagaraeats #eatingniagara #niagararestaurants #NIAGARAREGION #niagara ...

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3 weeks left! 📣⠀ ⠀ When you purchase your tickets for our first-ever 50/50 lottery, you'll also be entered to win 1 of 3 weekly prizes.⠀ ⠀ Take a chance and help change a child's life. Visit the Chances for Change website (link in bio) to buy your tickets before Wednesday, June 30th! ...

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Have you set your alarms for Thursday's Youth Advisory Council video!? 🚨 We're talking all things virtual learning. The ups and downs, negatives and positives and how these ladies adapted in the face of online learning. This year has been a whirl-wind for most students, from the flip flopping of in-person to virtual and more, it amazes us how resilient these ladies and other youth can be, when push comes to shove. ...

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If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger. As we continue through #PRIDE month, remember that we celebrate and advocate for 2SLGBTQQIA+ voices, culture & rights. Sexual orientation or gender identity should never lead to abuse or discrimination, at any age. The 2SLGBTQQIA+ community is often more likely to experience abuse, especially in childhood. If you or someone you know is danger, please act now. ...

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Introducing #motivationmonday for the month of June, our Youth Advisory Council has chosen a quote to get you motivated and ready for the week ahead☺️ This is what our Youth Advisory Council has to say about this week's quote: "It is so important, especially during this period of time, to give yourself the credit you deserve. To motivate and hype yourself up, when you need it and most importantly to love yourself. It's absolutely okay to just want to stay home and stay in, rathar than going out sometimes. It's completely normal to give yourself a healthy amount of attention and alone time. Remember YOU always come first.💗" Did you take part in our #KFCACNSelfCareChallenge this weekend!? Let us know in the comments what you did this weekend for YOU! 👇 ...

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Sensitivity leads to empathy, self-awareness, and creativity.⠀ ⠀ While there are many benefits that come with being on the sensitive side, it can be trying for sensitive kids to navigate a sometimes intimidating world. We recommend these tips from @parents to help:⠀ ⠀ 🔸 Validate & Connect: Sit with your child, let them know you're listening, and chat about their big feelings.⠀ 🔸 Identify & Name Feelings: Identifying feelings can actually help children better cope with them.⠀ 🔸 Create Boundaries & Safe Spaces: Be mindful of what is upsetting to your child and create a space safe from that action. ...

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Pssstt 👀... did you see yesterday's #selfcare video from our Youth Advisory Council!? Self-care is for everyone & is important to do for our own mental health and well-being. Taking the time to appreciate the little moments and things we do for ourselves, can go a long way in making a not so good week into a better one. Our Youth Adivsory Council has a #KFCACNSelfCareChallenge for you this weekend: 🌸 Do at least ONE thing for YOU 🌸 Go for a hike, a walk, swim, read, journal, or take a bubble bath -- what ever will help YOU decompress, relax and take some of your stress away. Let our Youth Advisory Council know in the comments 👇 what you do for YOU this weekend! ...

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