Friday, October 26, 2007

Infant Safe Haven? Neglect, Abandonment or Best Alternative Available?

State legislatures have felt the need
to address infant abandonment and infanticide
in response to a reported increase
in the abandonment of infants.
Child Welfare Information Gateway:

Can't help wondering... what you're wondering about?

Thanks to DK at Kelsey's Purpose for posting information on Infant Safe Haven laws today, I'm wondering about safe places in general for babies.

Every baby deserves to feel as safe as if held within the arms of an angel.

But sometimes even the best of Caregivers can't provide that perfect situation.

So... on a temporary basis, they may resort to rather creative solutions to ensure that baby has a safe place to stay while they attend to ...whatever seems most demanding at the moment.

As long as the baby is safe, at leasst those involved in these two pictures seems content about the solution.

But sadly, sometimes Caretakers seek a safe haven for a baby for a longer time...sometimes forever. Whatever the reasons for such a sad decision there is a solution safer than many other desperate alternatives, available in most states (46), beginning with the Texas' "Baby Moses" law passes in 1999.

Unfortunately, not enough is known about the laws...especially by those who might most need to know of them. Part of the reason for this is that many people are against the laws. They suggest that these laws somehow encourage promiscuous behaviors and too easily allow the mother to avoid responsibility for her choices.

Whatever the outcome of the debates over time, at least for now babies can be given a safe haven while the debates rage on. For me that is the most important part of the laws, and the primary reason to encourage everyone to learn the laws for their states and share the information at every opportunity. An infant may live because you do....

The information provided by DK at Kelsey's Purpose about Infant Safe Haven laws comes from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. The 2004 State Statutes Series, State Statutes , and the Infant Safe Haven Laws: Summary of State Laws (pdf) are all available from here, with the quick click of a link.

A Child is Waiting,
Take aware,
Nancy Lee

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