Intercontinental – Miami
A Safe Haven for Newborns, not for profit 501(c)3 was created in 2001 by Nick Silverio, a man whose deep compassion and love for children led him to devote his life to saving infants from being abandoned. He created the organization to honor the life of his beloved wife Gloria, who was killed in a car accident by a speeding driver in 1999. Nick and Gloria were married for 32 years, and although they had no children, they were devoted to children and served as Godparents to fourteen.
A Safe Haven for newborns is offered to everyone, especially young women across Florida who are hiding their pregnancy, who might otherwise abandon their unwanted newborn, an unthinkable act, but an act of panicked desperation by mothers who believe they themselves to be abandoned, without support or resources.
Safe Haven has gained national attention and become a prototype, setting the standard for affiliated programs in Kansas and Missouri. The organization has provided web-based training for professionals in healthcare and emergency services and has enlightened the public about newborn abandonment through public service announcements, billboards, community presentations and the social media.
Nick says” We are overwhelmed and overjoyed when a precious life is saved, conversely, heartbroken if a newborn is abandoned.” Without the Safe Haven for Newborn Services and 24/7 referral helpline, many, if not most, of the over 200 babies saved to date from abandonment would not be here today. They all now have a future to be all they can be……
Nick E. Silverio