Child Advocacy Centre Niagara (St. Catharines, ON)


  • Name:Susanne McCarroll
  • Title:Community Relations Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child Advocacy Centre Niagara
  • Address:8 Forster Street
    St. Catharines, ON L2N 1Z9

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:905-937-5435
  • Main fax:905-934-6917

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  • Mission:
  • Serve victimized children

  • Overview:
  • Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a “safe place to tell your secrets” for children who have been physically or sexually abused, have been lured on the internet, or who have witnessed violence. The environment is child focused and private, letting children open up and speak about their abuse to specially trained teams who investigate and conduct forensic interviews. Interviews are video-recorded in a comfortable environment that respects children’s vulnerability and offers caring support. Immediate access is provided to follow-up counselling for children and non-offending family members. Partners are Niagara Regional Police, Family and Children’s Services Niagara, Family Counselling Centre Niagara and medical professionals. Located in a welcoming, tree-lined residential neighbourhood, Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is the first dedicated facility of its kind in Canada. CACN serves all of Niagara’s 12 municipalities, covering 1852 square kilometres and a population of 435,125.

  • History:
  • • CACN is the first dedicated, stand alone facility of its kind in Canada
    • CACN is located in a welcoming, tree-lined, residential neighbourhood
    • Centre houses a reception / snack area and two child-friendly waiting rooms; 2 sound proof interviews rooms; dedicated child friendly counselling space; ED office space. Team offices (child protection, police) are discretely tucked away, in other parts of the building. On-site medical exam room is seldom used. Lower level is used for Board Meetings; workshops; storage; additional CACN work station; secured computer systems.
    • Building security is monitored by an alarm company. Partner areas are separately alarmed.
    • Child protection workers are on-site, full-time
    • Police come and go, depending on the interview. Plain clothes, unmarked car.
    • Medical exams are done off-site: down the street, Niagara Falls or McMaster Child Abuse unit
    • Since opening in mid-Sept 2008, more than 800 Niagara children have been interviewed
    • Provide use of interview facilities for outside police agencies and children’s aid societies
    • Discussions are underway with the Crowns and Victim/Witness Assistance Program to use the facility for initial court preparation
    • FACS fifth largest CAS in Ontario
    • NRPS is the Regional Law enforcement agency
    • Four international ports of entry
    • Three main urban areas
    We are proud of our leadership role as the first CAC in Ontario. Through our Community Relations Program, we have established a Network of Centres in Ontario. This network shares best practices and aims to speak in a unified voice as we work to achieve financial support for the CAC model in Ontario.

  • Year established:2008
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Canada
  • CRA type:Charitable
  • Canada Business or Reg #:865196406RR0001