Change for Families in Need

Change for FIN exists because a community cares.

Change for Families in Need (Change for FIN) is a registered non-profit, grassroots organization in Kingston, Ontario committed to reducing the impact of violence in the lives of children, youth, and their families, by advocating for the rights of survivors and for changes to the judicial process.

Change for FIN believes that a community must collectively respond to child abuse. Change for FIN believes that families impacted by abuse have a right to services that empower and advocate for them. 

Change for FIN is dedicated to creating community partnerships to provide collaborative and multi-disciplinary services to children and their families who have been victimized. Change for FIN will facilitate community education and create awareness opportunities to prevent child abuse. Change for FIN will strive to bring perpetrators to justice. 

According to the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, the first nation-wide study to examine the incidence of reported child abuse in Canada, there are more than 200,000 cases of reported child abuse and neglect in Canada:

  • 93% of alleged perpetrators are known to their child victims.

  • 69% of sexual abuse cases involved girls and 31% involved boys.

  • 60% of physical abuse cases involved boys and 40% involved girls.

  • 69% of physical abuse cases resulted from inappropriate punishment.

Don’t turn your face away.
Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.
Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care.
~Vashti Quiroz-Vega