It’s not easy being a kid today. The problems they face are complex.
That’s why the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre exists: to bring kids and families together in a safe and secure environment when they can find support, comfort, and the opportunity to heal from traumatic childhood events. At the Centre, we transform lives by providing a safe and supportive environment where children and youth can speak about their experiences to professionals, and heal from adverse childhood experiences.
At the Centre, we offer therapy and support services at no cost these 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.
Why play therapy?
Children learn to understand the world and their place in it through play, freely acting out their inner feelings and deepest emotions, at their own pace and communication level. Play therapy has many benefits including: self-respect and understanding, empathy for others, the development of coping strategies, strengthened social skills and family relationships, and lessened anxiety.
We need your help.
As a registered charitable organization, we operate without any core government funding and rely on support from individuals like you, to ensure the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre remains a safe place to help, heal, and end child abuse in the Niagara region.
This holiday season, we would like to invite you to support the Centre by making a charitable donation of $100.00. Your gift of $100.00 will allow us to make sure that all Niagara kids who need support, get support
Helps comfort children and youth when they visit the Centre by providing snacks and beverages and a plush toy they can take home.
Provides teens with opportunities to develop self-confidence and leadership skills as members of the Youth Advisory Council.
Gives a child the opportunity to attend social support programs, delivering experiences that build self-esteem and resilience.
Helps to remove barriers to participation by offsetting the cost of transportation for children and youth accessing Centre programs.
Supports education and awareness programs in local schools helping youth and teens avoid abuse situations, internet luring, and human trafficking.
Provides a youth with professional one-on-one counselling helping them heal from traumatic effects of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.