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According to the Children's Defense Fund's January, 2003 State Report30:

A child in Florida is abused or neglected every 5 minutes.
A child in Florida is born into poverty every 15 minutes.
Florida ranks 46th among the states in percent of uninsured children.
Florida ranks 44th among the states in percent of births to unmarried parents.

According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation (which issues an annual report on condition of America's children) and the 2000 U.S. Census:

Florida ranks among the worst in the country, 36th overall, for child well-being.31
17.6% of Florida's children are living below the poverty line.32

According to Florida Kids Count's Center for Study of Children's Futures 2002 Report33:

541 children between the ages of 15 - 19 died a violent death.
33,672 children were affected by dissolutions of marriage.
50,604 children dropped out of high school.

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

198,420 Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect in Florida in Fiscal Year 2000 - 2001 (see graph)34.

Demographic characteristics of the 130,209 victims with verified or some indication of child abuse and neglect in Florida are as follows: 28,349 children between the age of 0-2 years; 22,960 children between the ages of 3-5 years; 31,101 children between the ages of 6-9 years; 26,950 children between the ages of 10-13 years; 20,702 children between the ages of 14-17 years; 9 children were 18 years of age and up; and 138 children of unknown ages (see graph)35.

Of the 130,209 victims with verified or some indication of child abuse and neglect, there were 64,119 male, 65,743 female, and 347 unknown victims. Of that total, 87,301 were white; 40,874 were black; and 2,034 were of other races (see graph)36.

Of the above 130,209 children who were abused and neglected in the state of Florida, there were 213,189 incidents of abuse, neglect, threatened harm or a special condition regarding the abuse or neglect of each individual child (see chart)37.

266 children in Florida died directly from abuse or neglect in 2000. Of those 266, 9 children (3.4%) were killed in foster care homes. 38

In February 2003, there were 10,301 children in foster care homes in Florida; 2,192 children in residential group care; and 1,320 children in emergency shelters.39

According to the Consortium for Child Welfare Studies and the Florida Department of Children and Families Reports:

The number of children entering foster care increased by 77% between fiscal years 1995-96 and 1999-2000 (see graph)40.

Listing of Florida Graphs (FY 2000-2001)
 
Reports of Child Abuse in the State of Florida
Demographic Characteristics (Age) of Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Demographic Characteristics (Sex & Race) of Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect

 













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