The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board, multi-disciplinary team and staff gathered at the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Janet Parker, Vice President of the Board, read a proclamation with one of its most important points being that effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among families, social service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, businesses and the community.
ECCAC’s Community Outreach Manager Jasie Landeros commented, “Blue is the color representing National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and blue pinwheels are a national symbol to show support and to draw attention to keeping children safe. Research shows that 95% of abuse of children is preventable through education. Prevention is the key – if ECCAC and the community can help educate the kids and prevent child abuse, abandonment and neglect, then we have truly made a positive difference in the lives of these children and their families.”
The 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at ECCAC centers in Okaloosa and Walton counties is to protect children. Though ECCAC doesn’t house children, over the past 20 years, it has provided over 150,000 services at no cost to more than 15,000 children experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect.
The community can help by volunteering, donating, attending an ECCAC event, spreading the word, or by touring either of the Centers. For more information, visit www.eccac.org
. If you suspect abuse, report it by calling the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.
Photo Caption: ECCAC CEO Julie Porterfield and Board members Bill Fletcher and Janet Parker recognized April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month by reading a proclamation.