Department of Children and Families
David E. Wilkins
June 13, 2012
FORT MYERS - In honor of World Abuse Awareness Day, more than a dozen local agencies that support vulnerable adults in Southwest Florida are coming together for the second annual local adult services fair in Fort Myers at the Florida Department of Children and Families on Thursday June 14. Last year, the Florida Department of Children and Families investigated more than 2,200 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly, disabled and vulnerable adults in Southwest Florida.
All of us are outraged when we hear about a child being abused or neglected by a parent or caregiver, someone they love and trust to protect them. It is just as heartbreaking and shocking to hear about an elderly person being a victim of physical or emotional abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, or any number of indignities. In addition, thousands of elderly depend on our department and many other local agencies for help with food, shelter and medical care.
This fair will bring together a broad range of agencies that help the elderly, including law enforcement, homeless services, hospice, mental health organizations, abuse shelters and other community service organizations. DCF Regional Director Mike Carroll will be at the event and can talk with media about elderly affair issues and other questions about the department.
Please join us on June 14 beginning at 1 pm at 2295 Victoria Avenue, Fort Myers. In addition, please add to your online and print calendar listings.
To report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult (disabled or over the age of 65), call the state abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873.