The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center provides critical services for child abuse victim in our community. They have two Centers. one located in Niceville, and the Pierce Family, located in DeFuniak Springs. The Centers provide a child-friendly place where children can begin to heal from the trauma of abuse. It’s a place where childhoods once lost to abuse are restored. Staff and agency partners wrap services around the child and family while holding offenders accountable. .Services include forensic interviews, medical exams and evaluations, counseling, and access to other community resources. In 2017, the Center expanded It’s mission to include child abuse prevention education. Intervention and prevention efforts working toward making their vision a reality – Healing children. Ending child abuse.
Presenting….. Audie Rowell, President, Julie Porterfield, CEO, Jasie Landeros, Community Outreach Manager
The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center presented the First Super Hero Award to Superintendent Hughes tonight at the WCSD Board Meeting. With COVID-19 the Superintendent got the students back to some normalcy this past school year and the presenters thanked him for that and for being a Champion, so that their program, called Safety Matters, could go back into the schools. The Superintendent kept the children first in trying to protect them. Because of his leadership and his team, this year they served 10,151 students with their education program, delivering 380 sessions, and because he allowed them back into the schools there were a number of children that were kept safe.