Frequently Asked Questions


How many children do the Centers serve a year?

The Centers typically provide services to over 700 children per year. In 2017, we served 756 children and their families.

Where ARE the CenterS located?

The 13,000 square foot Niceville center is located on 1.4 acres leased from the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners on McEwen Drive. The Center is in a residential area located behind the Niceville Chamber of Commerce, one block off John Sims Parkway. The physical address is 401 McEwen Drive, Niceville, FL 32578. It serves families located in Okaloosa county.

The Pierce Family Center in DeFuniak Springs is 15,000 square feet and located on land leased to the ECCAC by the Walton County Board of Commissioners. Both leases are $1 per year. This center is located just a few blocks off Circle Drive, on the old hospital lot. The physical address is 336 College Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL  32435. It serves families from Walton county. 

For security purposes, no one is admitted to either center without an appointment.

What services are provided at the ECCAC and is there a charge for providing them to victims?

The Children's Advocacy Center employs four Licensed Mental Health Counselors who provide counseling for victims of sexual and physical abuse and their families. Since 2004, over 15,530 therapy session have been provided to our victims and their families. The Agency Partners in the Centers provide valuable medical exams and forensic interviews for use during prosecution of offenders. Victims and their families are never charged for services at the Centers.

Will children sleep there or be housed overnight?

No. This is NOT an overnight shelter or residence for anyone. The ECCAC is a professional office complex designed to be child friendly in its design and operation. The occupants are working professionals that deal with abused children.  Typically, our children are able to stay with non-offending family members. Fewer than ten percent of our kids enter the foster care system or require emergency shelter.

Do children seen at the Centers always enter foster care?

No. Most children seen at the Centers remain with their non-offending family members. Only a small percentage (5-10%) are placed in the foster care system.

Does the ECCAC continue to need funding?

Yes. The ECCAC relies on the community and special events for 60% of their annual budget for the two centers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.

How do I report known or suspected child abuse?

If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.