Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center


Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center saves and heals child abuse victims in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  In 2011, we helped save and heal 698 local children.  All were confirmed cases of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, drug-endangered children and children of severe neglect.  Children receiving services at the Center are able to come to one child-friendly facility for all of the services related to their case. 

It is in our building that they meet with our agency partners and others working their case.  We conduct necessary medical exams and forensic interviews.  Each child leaves with a fresh-baked cookie and a juice box.  We also help provide clothing, diapers, school supplies, food, and other items that our families need.  Most importantly, through counseling we try to give them back their childhood.  Our counseling is at no cost to the families we serve.  Our four full time licensed mental health therapists use cognitive behavior- trauma focused therapy methods to heal our families.  These methods established by Duke University have a 94% success rate.  By taking a holistic approach to healing the family we are able to take care of the child victim and their non-offending family members.  By providing our kids with a positive therapy experience, they are more likely to continue with therapy into adulthood as needed.