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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

📢 ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT ON SATURDAY MORNINGS! Join us for our NEW date and time, Saturdays until March 11, 2023, 10:00am to 12:00pm!

👉 At the Centre, we believe all children should be equipped with a toolkit filled with; healthy ways to express themselves, mechanisms to cope with life adversities as well as methods to communicate their complex emotions. Named in memory of Cathy Collins, a long-time supporter and volunteer of the Centre, Cathy’s Kids (and Get Crafty) is an 8-week trauma informed recreational program for children aged 7 to 11 where children will learn to express themselves through various art modalities.

🎨 Through our 2-hour sessions, children will gain experience working with different art modalities through creative workshops that work to foster resiliency, self-esteem and a sense of personal power and purpose. Cathy’s Kids takes place Monday nights from 6 to 8pm, and get Crafty on Saturday mornings from 10 to 12pm, at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. The program is open to any youth between the ages of 7-11 that have been through investigations with FACS or have experience of abuse or trauma.

📱 For more information, please contact our program team at 905-937-5434 x 7024 or email programs@kristenfrenchcacn.org today!

🗺 Location: 8 Forster St. St. Catharines ON

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💝 Thank you Heartland Mutual Insurance Company and the iHeart Community Fund for your generous donation and for being an #advocate for the community of #Niagara! 💪

➡️ Since 2008 over 4000 children have come through our doors. With support like this the Centre will remain a safe place to help, heal, and 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.

Thank you! 🙏

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💪🦾 We believe every child should have a toolkit filled with healthy ways to express themselves. Our 8 week programs are designed for youth who have completed their investigative process with FACS Niagara or the Niagara Regional Police or those who have experienced abuse or trauma. Through fundraising and generous donations, we are able to offer program at NO COST to the participant. All equipment and supplies are included!

❄️ Register today! We are offering a variety of programs for ages 6 to 15 for this Winter session. Classes begin the week of January 16, 2023 and run through March. We are excited to offer the following programs:

➡ CATHY'S KIDS - children explore concepts of self-expression, understanding and personal purpose through various art projects:
January 16 to March 6, 2023
Mondays 6:00 to 8:00pm
OR
January 21 to March 11, 2023
Saturday 10:00 to 12:00pm

➡ PEACEFUL WARRIORS - through a trauma informed approach, children will explore concepts such as mindfulness, self-compassion and personal autonomy through various yoga practices:
January 17 to March 7, 2023
Tuesday 5:30 to 6:30pm

➡ GET CREATIVE - youth will be provided with opportunities to build and acknowledge their unique qualities, enhance self-esteem and foster ambition though engaging in a variety of artist supported workshops:
January 19 to March 9, 2023
Thursday 6:00 to 8:00pm

😀 To learn more about our programs or to apply today, visit kristenfrenchcacn.org/programs 👈
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🌳 It's never been easier to make a difference! 🌳

👉 The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre has teamed up with Many Seeds so you can help us raise important funding for FREE! Every small action adds up to making a BIG difference! Together we can do something amazing!

Here's what you do: 👇

1️⃣ Download the app from the App Store or Google Play
2️⃣ Add the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre to your favourites
3️⃣ Watch as little as one 15 second ad a day and the Centre automatically receives the funds raised from viewing that ad

That's it! If you have any questions please let us know by emailing giving@kristenfrenchcacn.org today. Thank you all for your continued support of Niagara's children and youth. 🙏

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✨ Happy New Year! ✨

We want to take a moment and thank everyone who has made 2022 a great year working towards a welcoming play therapy program, fun and creative new programs, and continuing to provide a safe and supportive space for those in need.

To all our partners, volunteers, donors, sponsors, visitors, staff, and friends of the Centre, we thank you for your dedication and continued support. 👏

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The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre team wishes everyone a safe, and happy holiday season. 🧸

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⭐️The @wiseguyscharity have been friends of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre for many years, and we are thankful for another very generous donation. 💝 We are excited to use these funds on much needed upgrades in our Centre, to ensure we are still a safe and welcoming space for Niagara's children & youth.

➡️ Since 2008 over 4000 children have come through our doors, and that number will continue to rise in 2023. With support like this from our community, the Centre will remain a safe place to help, heal, and 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.

Thank you!🙏

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💝 We are incredibly thankful to Chris, Rachael, and the Commercial Cleaning Services team, who reached out to the Centre this holiday season with a generous donation. Thank you for being a Kristen's Helper!

💝 This year all Kristen's Helpers donations go toward ensuring 1:1 counselling is provided at no cost, and without a waitlist, to those children & youth in Niagara who need it most.

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#EndChildAbuse #SupportYouth #WereInThisTogether #ChildAbuseVictims #ChildAbuseIsReal #ChildAbuseFundraiser #ChildAbuseDonation #commericialcleaningservices #FundraisingForACause #MakeADifference #NiagaraCommunity #NiagaraRegion
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👉 Want to make a difference this holiday season? Become a Kristen’s
Helper.

❄️This year we have brought back our Kristen’s Helper campaign to
provide a safe place for Niagara’s children and youth to heal this holiday
season. Make a difference in our community by giving the gift of
helping those in need.

🤝 Let’s work together to support child abuse victims.

➡ Click the link in our bio to learn more about this campaign, play therapy, and how to donate today.

#KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KFCACN #KristensHelper #HolidayDonations #ChildAdvocacyCentre #ChildAbusePrevention #ChildAbuseHelp
#EndChildAbuse #SupportYouth #WereInThisTogether #ChildAbuseVictims #ChildAbuseIsReal #ChildAbuseFundraiser #ChildAbuseDonation #FundraisingForACause #MakeADifference #NiagaraCommunity #NiagaraRegion
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❄️ In the spirit of the #HolidaySeason, make a difference this December and become a Kristen's Helper! ❄️

➡️ For many children, the holiday season promises new toys and fresh opportunities for play and learning, along with the magic of the season. But for the children we help at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, play can also be a healing experience, designed to help overcome the debilitating effects of abuse and trauma.

➡️ In Fall 2022, with the support of our generous donors, the Centre opened our innovative Play Therapy space, a safe and child-focused environment where children can receive therapy, support, and investigative services through our valued partners at the Niagara Regional Police, Family and Children's Services, and the Family Counselling Centre of Niagara.

➡️ At the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, we continue to offer therapy and support services at no cost to families and without a waitlist, but this does come at a price. A 1-hour therapy session costs roughly $100.00, and most children require 6-10 sessions, in order to see an impact on their day-to-day health and well-being. According to Play Therapy International, 71 percent of children participating in play therapy activities will experience positive change in their lives.

This holiday season, we would like to invite you to support the Centre by making a charitable donation towards our play therapy program. Your gift will allow us to make sure that all Niagara kids who need support, get support.

Ways to donate: 👇
1. Online at kristenfrenchcacn.org
2. Call 905-937-5435
3. Text ENDABUSE to 20222 to donate $10

Thank you from our family to yours! 🙏

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Make a difference this holiday season. 💝

Help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 to support child abuse victims in Niagara. We are getting there, and we need your help. 🙏

To everyone who has contributed thus far, thank you, and we appreciate you. 👈

Learn more about the Centre, Play Therapy, by clicking the link in our bio today!

#KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KFCACN #KristensHelper #HolidayDonations #NonForProfitOrganization #ChildAbuseAwareness #ChildAbuseSupport #SupportYouth #WereInThisTogether #VictimsOfChildAbuse #ChildAbuseIsReal #RescueChildren #MakeADifference #DonatingForACause #NiagaraDonations #NiagaraCommunity #NiagaraSupport #OurHomeSTC
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🌳 It's never been easier to make a difference! 🌳

👉 The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre has teamed up with Many Seeds so you can help us raise important funding for FREE! Every small action adds up to making a BIG difference! Together we can do something amazing!

Here's what you do: 👇

1️⃣ Download the app from the App Store or Google Play
2️⃣ Add the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre to your favourites
3️⃣ Watch as little as one 15 second ad a day and the Centre automatically receives the funds raised from viewing that ad

That's it! If you have any questions please let us know by emailing giving@kristenfrenchcacn.org today. Thank you all for your continued support of Niagara's children and youth. 🙏

#KristenFrenchChildAdvocacyCentre #KFCACN #ManySeeds #HolidayDonations #ChildAdvocacyCentre #NonForProfit #ChildAbuseResources #ChildAbuseSupport #EndViolenceAgainstChildren #SupportYouth #EndChildAbuse #ChildAbuseAwareness #DonatingForACause #ChildAbuseFundraiser #ChildAbuseVictims #NiagaraCommunity #NiagaraOntario
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Wow! A HUGE thank you to our new friends at @kwcompleteniagara and to all the planners, volunteers and participants who made the Be The Change Foundation, @kwcomplete and Keller Williams Complete Niagara Realty Golf Tournament an EPIC success! 👏👏👏

As a registered charitable organization, the Kristen French Child advocacy Centre operates without any core government funding. This incredible donation provides us with the help we need to continue providing the necessary support Niagara’s children, youth & their families need as they cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse and much needed education and awareness to help prevent other children from becoming victims of abuse. 🙏🙏🙏

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