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					          Vulnerable and Hard-to-Reach Population FACT SHEET:
                                 Children
            This fact sheet provides information about a population in Florida that is potentially vulnerable
               and/or hard-to-reach before, during, and after a disaster event. Preparedness requires
            understanding the demographics and characteristics of these groups in order to best meet the
                                                 needs of all persons.

Definition
         Children are defined as persons under age 18 years.

Demographics
United States

         72.5 million children
              o 19 million under the 5 years
              o 28 million between 5 and 11 years
              o 23 million 12 to17 years

Source: Census 2000, 2001

Florida

         3.6 million children in 3.2 million families (5% of the nation’s children, Census 2000)
              o 180,000 disabled aged 5 - 15 years old
              o 380,000 children in Broward County
         12,000 children aged 5 - 17 years old do not speak English (2004 American Community Survey)
         Over 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year

General Information
When determining resources to assist in the likelihood of a disaster event, you need to consider the child’s:

         Environment
         Parental influences
         Non-familial relationships
         Culture

For More Information
1.        American Red Cross. (n.d.). Children and Disasters. Retrieved March 22, 2006, from
          www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_602_,00.html.
2.        Florida Department of Children and Families. (2006). The Florida Department of Children and Families.
          Retrieved April 3, 2006, from www.state.fl.us/cf_web/.
3.        Florida’s Adoption Information Center. (2002). AdoptFlorida. Retrieved March 18, 2006, from
          www.adoptflorida.com/.
4.   Kreider, R. M., & Fields, J. (2005). Living Arrangements of Children: 2001. Retrieved Mach 22, from the US
     Census Web site: http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p70-104.pdf.
5.   US Census Bureau. (n.d.). 2004 American Community Survey: Age by Language Spoken at Home by Ability
     to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over. Retrieved March 17, 2006, from
     http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-context=dt&-ds_name=ACS_2004_EST_G00_&-
     CONTEXT=dt&-mt_name=ACS_2004_EST_G2000_B16004&-tree_id=304&-redoLog=true&-
     all_geo_types=N&-geo_id=04000US12&-search_results=01000US&-format=&-_lang=en.
6.   US Census Bureau. (n.d.). Census 2000: Ages by Types of Disability for the Civilian Noninstitutionalized
     Population 5 Years and Over with Disabilities. Retrieved March 17, 2006, from
     http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US12&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF3_U&-
     _lang=en&-redoLog=true&-mt_name=DEC_2000_SF3_U_P041&-
     currentselections=ACS_2004_EST_G2000_B18002&-CONTEXT=dt.
7.   US Census Bureau. (n.d.). Census 2000: Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Broward County,
     Florida. Retrieved March 18, 2006, from http://censtats.census.gov/data/FL/05012011.pdf.
8.   US Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families – Children’s
     Bureau. (2006). Children’s Bureau Website. Retrieved March 18, 2006, from www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/.




                                                                                     Updated 6/26/09