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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

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

Bidding for our Build 4 the Future Online Auction is now open! ✨🏷️⠀ ⠀ This exciting fundraising event showcases beautiful creations from Niagara’s backyard builders and local crafters. Auction items include unique garden accent pieces, birdhouses, home décor and much more!⠀ ⠀ Funds raised from the auction will support ongoing programs & services designed to provide immediate support to children, youth and their families in the aftermath of abuse or trauma.⠀ ⠀ Visit the link in our bio and click 'Build 4 the Future Auction' to begin bidding! ...

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Spring is in the air! ☀️ ⠀ ⠀ Warmer temperatures are upon us, which means you'll soon be spending more time outdoors!⠀ ⠀ Bidding opens tomorrow (Sunday, April 18th) at 8:00am for our Build 4 the Future Online Auction, which showcases beautiful creations from Niagara’s backyard builders and crafters. ⠀ ⠀ Proceeds from our Build 4 the Future Online Auction will directly support much needed programs & services for children & youth in Niagara who have experienced abuse or trauma. ...

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Save the Date – Sunday, April 18 – online bidding opens! 🗓️⠀ ⠀ Begin to plan your outdoor oasis with a one-of-a-kind item from our Build 4 the Future Online Auction!⠀ ⠀ We invite you to shop local and support local artisans whose skills & talents are as unique as the custom pieces they have donated.⠀ ⠀ All proceeds from this unique spring event will directly support the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre’s efforts to continue to build better futures for children & youth who have experienced abuse. ...

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Everyone wins with @jackpotflowers! 💐⠀ ⠀ The flowers growing with the jackpot! Jackpot Flowers adds 10% of every purchase to their progressive jackpot. Once it reaches $600, they donate $500 to their spotlight cause, a charity or not-for-profit that serves our Niagara community. Our Centre, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is their current charity – so brighten your day with a gorgeous spring bouquet.⠀ ⠀ Order online (visit the link in their bio) for next day delivery in Niagara, from Grimsby to Fort Erie or stop by their pop-up shop at 3 Hwy 20 in East Fonthill to browse the amazing selection of bouquets and potted plants! ...

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We're very grateful to have Family and Children's Services Niagara as one of our core partners.⠀ ⠀ Since 1898, Family and Children’s Services Niagara has offered a wide range of programs that protect children, strengthen families and help youth and adults to be the best they can be. FACS Niagara works with the Centre to conduct forensic child abuse investigations on site. ⠀ ⠀ Their mission is to protect, support and strengthen the lives of children, youth, adults and families. ...

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Our annual Build 4 the Future event is only a couple weeks away! 🔨⠀ ⠀ If you enjoy woodworking, building, and completing DIY projects, we'd love for you to submit your creations for our online fundraiser. Proceeds from the auction will support Niagara children and youth who have experienced abuse.⠀ ⠀ Some items we're looking for include:⠀ 🔸 Bird Houses/Feeders⠀ 🔸 Dog Houses/structures⠀ 🔸 Play structures/jungle gyms Patio Furniture⠀ 🔸 Planter Boxes/Garden boxes Pool accessories/towel storage⠀ 🔸 Utility/storage bins/cabinets, sheds, playhouses etc.⠀ ⠀ For more information on this event, please visit the link in our bio. ...

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It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of Marlene DeRose. Marlene played a tremendous role in the founding of the Centre and continued her amazing work on behalf of Niagara children and families throughout the years. ⠀ ⠀ Marlene was instrumental in putting together the first Board of Directors and acted early on as chair of the fundraising committee which secured funds required to purchase the building from which we operate. Marlene's contributions through the years remained significant and varied as she served in a number of capacities including President, Past President, Senior Advisor, and chair of the programming committee as recently as 2016.⠀ ⠀ Marlene was a dynamic force who laid much of the groundwork for our current successes and accomplished it all as a passionate, genuine, team player. As she stated in her 2010 Annual Report Message from the Chair, "We are successful because we work together, we care for each other and we believe passionately in the vision of “helping victims become children again”. Marlene's dedication to volunteerism and commitment to helping Niagara children and families impacted by abuse will not be forgotten.⠀ ⠀ Marlene will be missed by all who knew her, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends. ...

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Now Hiring: Administration Coordinator⠀ ⠀ The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is seeking applications for the position of Administration Coordinator. ⠀ ⠀ We are looking for an Administrative Coordinator to join our non-profit and act as a point of contact for our employees, volunteers, and clients. The role ensures daily procedures run smoothly by supporting regular office operations, screening phone calls and scheduling meetings. ⠀ ⠀ Please submit a cover letter with resume to by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 16, 2021 for consideration. ⠀ ⠀ View the job posting via the link in our bio.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #administrationcoordinator #niagarajobs #stcatharinesjob #niagarajobposting #niagararegion #stcatharines #ourhomestc #kristenfrenchchildadvocacycentre ...

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This is why we do what we do 💞⠀ ⠀ Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a child-focused centre that provides a trauma-informed, coordinated approach to investigation, intervention, treatment & prosecution in child abuse cases.⠀ ⠀ Our mission is to service children and families in the Niagara Region who have been impacted by child abuse, which is why we absolutely love hearing kind words like the ones below. ...

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Learn more about what you're feeling and why by taking the questionnaire by @kidshelpphone.⠀ ⠀ 🔹 Understand how big an issue feelings of sadness may be for you⠀ 🔹 Identify feelings and experiences you may not have noticed before⠀ 🔹 Discover what type of resource or support may be helpful to you⠀ 🔹 Describe your feelings when sharing them with Kids Help Phone or someone else you trust⠀ ⠀ Don't forget to share the helpful resource found at @kidshelpphone and save it by clicking the bookmark below. ...

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Single parents often carry the pressures of parenting on their own, especially during a pandemic. This means that burnout can arise and when it does, it often comes hard and fast.⠀ ⠀ Parents should take advantage of the physical and digital resources available to them. Virtual and telehealth resources take less time away from the day and result in a speedy diagnosis or access to treatment.⠀ ⠀ The @Parents article, available by clicking the link in our bio, covers a number of useful tips for single parents looking to handle the mental load. ...

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Have you met one of our core partners, Family Counselling Centre Niagara?⠀ ⠀ The Family Counselling Centre Niagara has been offering quality counselling services to individuals, couples and families in the Niagara Region since 1964. In addition to counselling services, they offer a variety of special groups and programs designed to address specific issues and concerns.⠀ ⠀ We're grateful to work with the Family Counselling Centre Niagara to provide counselling at no cost and without a waitlist.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about their services by visiting ...

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2021 Call For Applications For The Board Of Directors - Treasurer⠀ ⠀ We are seeking expressions of interest from community leaders to further explore involvement with the Board of Directors with a focus on financial acumen.⠀ ⠀ Please submit an expression of interest with resume to by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 23, 2021 for consideration. ⠀ ⠀ Click on the link in our bio to view the job posting. ...

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Shop at your fave pet store for comfy apparel & support children in Niagara! 🐶⠀ ⠀ For every garment sold, Little Chief & Co. will donate $5 to the Centre.⠀ ⠀ Their Champion Crew Neck Sweaters are perfect for walks with the dog or lounging around the house. Long and short sleeves are also available.⠀ ⠀ Shop branded merchandise in support of the Centre today! ...

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Do your kids know how to call 9-1-1? 🚨⠀ ⠀ Kids may not have their own phone, but educating them on how to use them is important!⠀ ⠀ Teach children how to access the emergency screen (even on a locked phone) and how to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Make sure your child knows what an emergency is, when to⠀ use 9-1-1 and when not to use it. It's also a great idea to keep a list of emergency phone numbers and your home address in a safe place.⠀ ⠀ Practice dialing 9-1-1 on the phone in the photo above! ⬆️ ...

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Paint a better future for children & youth affected by abuse! 💓⠀ ⠀ Crock a Doodle - St. Catharines is supporting Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara with two different pottery painting kits! Purchase an Egg or Heart Take Home Kit and $2 will be donated back with each purchase! You can purchase a kit online or pick one up in studio until April 31. $2 from every kit sold will be donated to the Centre.⠀ ⠀ Purchase your paint kit by visiting @crockadoodlestcatharines and clicking the link in their bio! ...

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