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

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

October 1, 2019 – CALGARY, AB – Alberta Child Advocacy Centres’ speak up for our childrenOctober is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Child Advocacy Centres’ across Alberta are helping kids in their communities find their voice. Alberta is proud to have eight of the 27 Child Advocacy Centres’ in Canada, these centres’ are fully operational

Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre Names Karen Orser as New Chief Executive Officer

CALGARY, September 4th, 2019- The Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) is pleased to announce Karen Orser as their new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Orser, who most recently served as President and CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of Calgary and Area, has 20 years of extensive experience within the not-for-profit sector and

Government of Canada supports partners focused on preventing gender-based violence

From the Public Health Agency of Canada – Minister of Health’s Parliamentary Secretary announces funding for projects aimed at addressing youth and teen dating violence Gender-based violence—including violence against people based on their gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender—is a significant cause of harm and a preventable barrier to gender equality. It is crucial that

Calgary Child Advocacy Centre launches trauma-training program

From the Calgary Herald – A new program launched by the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre aims to help people recognize the potential signs of child abuse when working with youth. The online tool, called “Being Trauma Aware: Making a difference in the lives of children and youth”, is a two-and-a-half-hour course designed to increase understanding of