Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara

Contact Details
Office Phone 905-937-5435
Fax 905-934-6917
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Martin Caruana, Program Administrator; Phone: 905-937-5435 ext 7000; Email:
Alternate Contact Keegan Langelaan, Youth Outreach Coordinator; Phone: 905-937-5435 ext 7024; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Susanne McCarroll, Community Relations Coordinator; Phone: 905-937-5435 ext 7034; Email:
Primary Executive Janet Handy, Executive Director; Phone: 905-937-5435 ext 7001; Email:
Site Details
Areas Served Niagara Region
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
8 Forster St
St Catharines, ON L2N 1Z9
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Intersection Forster St and Scott St
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) A safe place to help, heal and end child abuse for children and youth throughout Niagara who have experienced alleged physical abuse, sexual abuse, become the targets of internet luring, or were the unwilling witness of violence. The environment is child-focused and private, providing a safe and non-threatening space for children/youth to disclose their abuse experiences to specially trained teams from the Niagara Regional Police Service and Family and Children’s Services Niagara who respectively, investigate to determine criminal charges and protection needs.  
These professionals conduct joint, forensic interviews that provide recorded evidence to take forward through the justice system. Mental health professionals from Family Counseling Centre Niagara provide much needed follow-up support at no cost and without a wait list. The existence of the Kristen French CACN minimizes the number of times children must tell their story, reducing the trauma of disclosure and ensures a coordinated, cost-effective delivery of service to Niagara’s children, youth and their supportive family members. 
Opened in 2008, Kristen French CACN is a registered charity that serves Niagara’s 12 municipalities, helping children and families cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse.
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm, Jul-Aug
Eligibility Children 16 years and younger
Application Abuse must first be reported to Family and Children’s Services Niagara: 905-937-7731 or 1-888-937-7731 or Niagara Regional Police Service: 905-688-4111
Languages English
Fees None
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established Oct 2003
Funding Provincial - Ontario Trillium Foundation ; Fundraising ; Donations ; Provincial - Ontario Trillium Foundation ; Partner Support; Fundraising; Donations
Service Categories Child Advocacy Centres ; Child Sexual Abuse Counselling
Events Annual Kids Golfing for Kids, Amazing Race Niagara, Playhouse Build & Auction 
Cathy's Kids Apr 5-Jun 21, 2018 
A free 12 week arts and education group for pre-teens ages 9-11 who have experienced abuse and have completed ther investigation process with Family and Children’s Services Niagara and/or Niagara Regional Police Service. 
* Participants will focus on using creativity as a vehicle to enhance resilience in response to the experience of child abuse.  
* Topics include: age-appropriate information on defining abuse, managing emotions, risky behaviour, understanding the self, 
impact of social media, family and friend challenges, building self-esteem and resiliency. 
* Registration forms are available on the website and the registration deadline is Mar 23, 2018