It’s National Volunteer Week!

From our Victim Support and Child Life volunteers, to PALS and our quilters and knitters, the incredible volunteers who give their time and service play an integral role in the wrap-around support we provide to children, youth, and families. They are part of our team and are vital to our mission and vision… they are

CACs Connect: Grooming

  In Alberta, the rate of grooming has spiked in recent months; children and youth are spending more time online seeking social connection because the current circumstances have limited their time usually spent at school or with peers. For our third edition of CACs Connect, Kellie Cummings from Central Alberta CAC in Red Deer, CPL

CEO Chat: Child Abuse Prevention Month

As Child Abuse Prevention Month kicks off, we connect with CCAC CEO Karen Orser for a chat about child abuse prevention and intervention, the work of Child Advocacy Centres, and the important role that communities can play in helping to keep children and youth safe.  

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Calgary, AB – October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) across Alberta are coming together to raise awareness about child abuse and the important role communities can play in helping to keep children and youth safe. Child Advocacy Centres provide children and youth who have experienced abuse a safe space to

Report to the Community 2019-2020

We are pleased to share our 2019-2020 Report to the Community. Highlights from the past year demonstrate how the CCAC has continued to grow as a centre of excellence in the intervention and prevention of child abuse, and serves as a place of hope, help, and healing for children, youth, and families. Click on the image

CACs Connect: A Roundtable Discussion on Online Luring and Safety

In Alberta, child luring numbers have rapidly increased since the beginning of COVID-19, and continue to move in a negative direction. In this CACs Connect Roundtable, we are joined by Constable Holly Porterfield from Central Alberta CAC, Shamille Sarcuaga from Little Bear CAC, and Constable Joe Ulrich from ICE division, Edmonton. Together, they discuss how

Meet our Childlife Specialist

Our Childlife Specialist Georgina Cooper provides critical support to the children, youth and families who come to CCAC, ensuring they feel welcome, safe, and know exactly what to expect during their time at the centre. Watch Georgina and our CEO Karen Orser discussing the important role of a Childlife Specialist here at the CCAC.

Meet our Forensic Interview Specialist

Dr. Sarah MacDonald is our Forensic Interview Specialist, a critical role here at the CCAC. Watch this #TalkTuesday chat where our CEO Karen Orser and Dr. MacDonald discuss what a Forensic Interview Specialist does, and how her partner, facility dog DWW Axel, helps to provide support for children and youth during an interview.

Recognizing and Responding to Abuse from a Distance

Identifying abuse can be difficult to detect on messaging apps, phone calls or video conferences. Therefore, we must be extremely vigilant at looking for signs of potential abuse or neglect. Signs like the ones below MAY signal the presence of child abuse: Karen Orser, our CEO, recently sat down with Kara-Leah Gonty, our Education Coordinator,

Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre still providing essential services with precautions in place

CALGARY, AB –  The Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) provides hope, help and healing for children, youth and families who have experienced severe and sexual abuse. In the last year, we have supported almost 2,000 children and youth at our Centre. During this unknown and stressful time, we remain open, with protective measures in