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The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a safe place to tell your secrets for children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet luring or were the witness of violence.
From the beginning, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara's goal has been to create a child-focused, child-friendly environment where sexually and physically abused children receive the caring and timely response they deserve. Bringing the Centre to Niagara was a community-driven initiative that began in 1998. Strong support from Niagara leaders and fundraising volunteers resulted in $750,000 being raised during our first capital campaign. Our building on 8 Forster Street in St. Catharines was purchased and renovated to meet the specific needs of our organization. Operations began there in September 2008 and we are proud that it is the first dedicated facility of its kind in Canada. Modeled after more than 900 similar centres located throughout the United States, the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara represents a cooperative effort among child protective agencies that makes abused children's lives significantly easier. Before CACN's existence, children were required to relive the details of their abuse repeatedly through interviews that could involve child protection workers, police officers, medical and mental health professionals, prosecutors, and others. The trauma of visiting different professional offices and people created a lasting, negative impact. Thanks to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, a friendly, caring team of professionals is able to work together in one place to serve the best interests of the child.