THE CANADIAN CHILD ABUSE ASSOCIATION (CCAA) WAS FORMED IN 1985 IN RESPONSE TO A GROWING NEED FOR A COORDINATED, PROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS.

The Board of Directors of the non-profit society has been made up of police officers, social workers, Crown prosecutors, child welfare workers, Alberta Justice counsel, and treatment specialists.

CCAA is committed to supporting professionals, communities, victims and witnesses involved in the investigation of child abuse through the development and delivery of educational products and services; promotion of a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations; identification and response to key issues and concerns of child abuse investigators; advocacy for excellence and professionalism in the investigation of child abuse; promotion of the well-being of children and families going through the investigative process; provision of professional training and research.


SUPPORTING and PROTECTING

The Canadian Child Abuse Association is a national Network of Excellence supporting and protecting abused children, their families, and the professionals and communities involved in the investigation of child abuse by:

  • providing court preparation and court accompaniment programs to children testifying against the offender;
  • providing forensic child abuse & court preparation training & standard-setting so that the adults responding to abused children are skilled in best evidence-based practice;
  • and providing a model of multidisciplinary best practice.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DR. JOHN PEARCE

Chairperson

GWYN AMAT

Director

DR. KENDRA NIXON

Director

GERRY HELD

Director

LORI ROE

Director

STEPHEN JOHNSTON

Director

VAL NASLUND

Treasurer


SUPPORT STAFF & TRAINING

ALICE GIFFORD

CCAA Program Administrator

Alice Gifford is the program administrator for the Canadian Child Abuse Association (CCAA). She has worked with the CCAA for 18 years and is very familiar with the court process. She is critical to ensuring that children, families, and community professionals are appropriately directed through the systems.

LEIANE SMITH, BSW, RSW

Clinical Supervisor/ Volunteer Coordinator

Leiane has been involved with the Child Witness Court Preparation Program since 2006.

She has worked as a child welfare investigator for over 15 years and has been supporting kids and families with various challenges for more than 18 years.

DR. LYNN BARRY

Founder / Program Consultant

Lynn worked as a child welfare investigator for over 20 years with Alberta Family and Social Services and was the Coordinator for Training and Staff Development with child welfare from 1999-2002 before resigning in 2003. She is the Founder and Program Consultant for the Canadian Child Abuse Association.


OUR HISTORY