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Five County Area - Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry & Lee
According to Florida Kids Count's Center for Study of Children's Futures 2002 Report: 41

37 children between the ages of 15 - 19 in District Eight died a violent death.
1,566 children were affected by dissolutions of marriage.
2,289 children dropped out of high school.

According to Florida's Department of Children & Families FY 2000 - 2001 Reports and recent data:

9,195 Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect in District Eight in Fiscal Year 2000 - 2001 (see graph).42

Demographic characteristics of the 3,277 victims with verified or some indication of child abuse and neglect in Florida are as follows: 737 children between the age of 0-2 years; 585 children between the ages of 3-5 years; 799 children between the ages of 6-9 years; 687 children between the ages of 10-13 years; 465 children between the ages of 14-17 years; no children were 18 years of age and up; and 4 children of unknown ages (see graph)43.

Of the 3,277 victims with verified or some indication of child abuse and neglect, there were 1,586 male, 1,685 female, and 6 unknown victims. Of that total, 2,584 were white; 638 were black; and 55 were of other races (see graph)44.

5 children in District Eight died directly from abuse or neglect in 2002. 45

In February 2003, there were 421 children in foster care homes in District Eight; 38 children in residential group care; and 42 children in emergency shelters.46

In February 2003, District Eight had 1,079 children under State supervision and custody. Of these children, 349 are from Collier County; 562 from Lee County, 66 from Charlotte County, and 102 from Glade and Hendry Counties.47

District Eight has one long-term residential care facility, which is located in Lee County. This facility provides 10 beds. For girls in foster care that become pregnant, there is a long-term placement option in Lee County which has 18 beds. There are a small number of short-term placement options (30 days or less) for children in District Eight, providing a total of 72 beds. Of these, 12 beds are in Collier County, 12 beds are in Charlotte County and 48 beds are in Lee County. Children who are placed in long-term care homes must travel to children's homes as far away as Jacksonville (see graph) 48.

According to Children's Medical Services:

The Child Protection Unit provided assessment services for 1,470 cases of abuse or neglect to District Eight in 2002. Of those, 830 were in Lee County and 467 were in Collier County.49

According to the Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida:

On any given day in Collier County, approximately 150 abused and neglected children are in foster care-having been removed from their homes by a court in order to protect their safety-or have been returned to their families or relatives but are still under court-ordered supervision by the state. During the year, between 75 and 100 new children will be taken into the custody of the state. These children have experienced loss and psychological injury that often leaves deeper scars than any physical abuse they received. About 75% are so emotionally damaged that they need mental health treatment and at least 25% of those require intensive treatment. Many never fully recover from the trauma they endured during their childhood. 50

Listing of District Eight Graphs
Reports of Child Abuse in the District Eight
Monthly Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect in District Eight
Demographic Characteristics (Age) of Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Demographic Characteristics (Sex & Race) of Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Availability in Short & Long-Term Child Care Facilities in District Eight

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