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Mission: Service children and families in the Niagara Region who have been impacted by child abuse.

Abuse is a difficult subject for any young person to talk about. Fortunately, the caring professionals at the Kristen French CACN are committed to making the life of a child or youth who has experienced abuse a little bit easier.

The Kristen French CACN provides a safe place to help, heal, end child abuse for Niagara’s children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet luring, or were the unwilling witness of violence. As a registered charitable organization, the Centre serves all of Niagara’s 12 municipalities, helping children and families cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse.

Opened on September 16th 2008, the Kristen French CACN was the first dedicated stand-alone CAC of its kind in Canada, providing our region with a child-focused and trauma-informed leading practice approach to the investigation and treatment of child abuse.

Before the Niagara region had the Kristen French CACN, children and youth were subjected to multiple interviews at multiple locations


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Janet Handy

Executive Director
905-937-5435 x7001

Susanne McCarroll

Resource Development Coordinator
905-937-5435 x7034

Sara Belanger

905-937-5435 x7000

Angela Alderson

Family Advocate
905-937-5435 x7024