A Safe Haven for Newborns Saving Babies' Lives with Awareness and Prevention

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Safe Haven law and 24 hour helpline dramatically reduce abandoned baby cases in Florida

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The lifeline of our organization is our 24 hour a day, multi-lingual, statewide referral helpline. We provide quick, confidential one to one assistance to help young women who are pregnant and don't know where else to turn.

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"A Safe Haven for Newborns" announces 169 newborns saved from abandonment. In the twelve years since Florida passed a Safe Haven law, the number of infants abandoned in unsafe places has steadily declined with cases dwindling to zero over the last two and a half years. In all, 169 infants in Florida have been left at safe havens instead of being abandoned since the law was enacted in 2000. Each of these children has been successfully placed in an adoptive home.

Central to the successful turnaround is the organization Safe Haven for Newborns which serves as the primary information resource in Florida informing parents how they can anonymously and safely place their newborn infant in a safe haven facility.

"The lifeline of our organization is our 24 hour a day, multi-lingual, statewide referral helpline," said Nick Silverio, founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns.

"We provide quick, confidential one to one assistance to help young women who are pregnant and don't know where else to turn. Often, these expectant mothers are in denial or conceal their pregnancy because they are unmarried or not involved in a relationship with the father of the baby," Silverio said.

All calls placed to the Safe Haven for Newborns helpline 1-877-767-BABY (2229) are confidential. Calls come from all 67 Florida counties from women who are typically between the ages of 14 and 25.

"We assist these young women, with compassion and support recognizing it takes enormous courage to seek help and to reach out from a place of isolation and denial. When a woman calls, we can access our extensive statewide referral network as we help guide them to make the right decision for their baby and themselves," noted Silverio.

The safe haven law passed in 2000 by the Florida legislature creates a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant. Instead of abandoning a newborn to an almost certain death, it allows mothers, fathers or whomever is in possession of an unharmed newborn (seven days old or younger) to leave them at Safe Havens (any hospital, staffed fire station or staffed emergency medical service station) with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution.

"The tragedy of infant abandonment crosses all categories of age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. A Safe Haven for Newborns is dedicated to reaching pregnant girls and women before they reach the crisis stage," Silverio said.

About A Safe Haven for Newborns
Active in all Florida counties, A Safe Haven for Newborns and the Gloria M. Silverio Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing one to one help for moms in crisis to eliminate infant abandonment through education, prevention and community involvement. The organization maintains a statewide, multi-lingual, 24/7 helpline 1-877-767-BABY (2229), a publicly available website http://www.asafehavenfornewborns.com and partner relationships with hospitals, staffed fire or emergency medical stations and other state agencies to provide safe haven support and facilities where mothers in crisis can safely place their newborn infants.

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