ABOUT YOUTH HAVEN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Youth Haven?
Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only 24-hour emergency and residential Shelter for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or homelessness.
How long has Youth Haven been here?
Youth Haven has been serving Southwest Florida since 1972. Youth Haven is continually growing and expanding the services offered and looks forward to the day when every child in Southwest Florida will grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.
How does Youth Haven obtain funding?
Youth Haven receives funding through:
- 28% donor support
- 31% government funds including both contracts and grants
- 15% fundraising events
- 6% counseling fees
- 20% investment and other incomes
How many children reside at Youth Haven at any one time?
73 children and teens between the ages of 10-19 can reside at Youth Haven at one time. Sixteen of those beds are reserved for homeless teenage youth ages 16-19. We also provide services to a number of additional youth through our drop-in center and Counseling Center.
How long does a child typically stay?
Children stay at Youth Haven for an average of 210 days before being placed in a more permanent living situation, however children can be here for over 365 days depending upon the situation.
Where do the children go when they leave?
When children leave Youth Haven, the State places them with a responsible and caring relative or adult guardian or in a foster home, depending on their situation.