A “Safe Haven for Newborns” is here to help pregnant teens and women of all ages, from the time they find out they are pregnant and throughout their pregnancy, and even after the baby is born. We want them to know there is help for them before the reach a moment of crisis in deciding what to do with their newborn, and that there are safe haven’s for them to leave their babies instead of leaving a baby in an unsafe situation or abandoning the baby.
A Safe Haven for Newborns is here for you.
Call “A Safe Haven for Newborns”: 1-877-767 BABY (2229)
- If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant and do not know what to do
- If you are hiding your pregnancy or know someone who is
- If you are pregnant and not receiving medical care.
- If you are pregnant and considering the “Safe Haven” option or want to know more about the program.
We care about you and want you to know you are not alone. We are here to help. Your call is confidential.
We understand that finding out you are pregnant can be scary. You may not be sure if you want this baby or what to do with it once it is born. We know it takes a great deal of courage to seek help when you are pregnant and don’t know what to do. We understand you may have mixed feelings about your baby. We are here to help you, not judge you. vs. the tragic alternative of abandonment.
We want to help you make the best decision for you and your baby. This might be counseling, parenting, health issues, adoption or confidentially placing your newborn baby at a “Safe Haven” location.
The mother or the father of a newborn can take the baby to a ‘Safe Haven” location. The law says you will remain anonymous – you don’t have to tell anyone who you are, your name, or your baby’s name. If you share that information with us at “Safe Haven” We will not share that information with anyone.
See Most frequently asked questions to follow……………
Why is there a need for Safe Haven?
Not all pregnancies are planned, not all women are ready to have a baby and may be confused and scared about what to do. Safe Haven Laws allows these mothers (or fathers) to take their unharmed newborn (up to 7 days old) to a Safe Haven instead of leaving them somewhere not safe, or doing something they might regret later. Safe Haven provides an alternative to a frightened girl/woman, who, in a moment of desperation, may do something drastic, destroying two lives, hers and her babies.
Where can someone leave his or her baby under the “Safe Haven” program?
• The baby may be left with a worker or an employee at any (not just the nearest) Safe Haven location, which are; a hospital emergency room, fire rescue station, or emergency medical service station in the state of Florida.
• REMEMBER, THE BABY MUST BE GIVEN TO A PERSON AT A SAFE HAVEN LOCATION. That is the only way to ensure that the baby will be safe & well taken care of. Many Hospitals and all staffed 24/7 Fire and Emergency Medical Service stations have signs with our logo and helpline # posted outside of their facility.
Make sure you:
- Give the baby to a person who is wearing some form of visible identification that says they work at the place you are at.
- Tell the person that you want to leave your baby with “Safe Haven”.
- A person who leaves a baby at a place other then a Safe Haven location or leaves the baby in an unsafe place will face criminal charges.
- A person who leaves a baby at a designated “Safe Haven” location but not given to a person working at one of these facilities will face criminal charges.
- A person who leaves a baby at a designated “Safe Haven” with a person working at one of these facilities will NOT face ANYcriminal charges and will remain anonymous.
What happens to the person when leaving the baby with Safe Haven staff?
- The person leaving the baby is not required to answer any questions.
- No one is going to try to find out who you are.
- Staff at the Safe Haven facility may offer you medical assistance and ask some medical history questions (click here for form) that will be placed in the baby’s records, which may help answer future health questions.
- The person leaving the baby can ask for information about where they can get help for themselves.
- If left at a Safe Haven location, and with staff, they will not be charged with any crime and will remain anonymous..
Why would someone chose Safe Haven?
It is a safe, confidential and legal option versus abandoning a newborn in an unsafe place which often result in their death.
By choosing A Safe Haven for Newborns:
– A child’s life is saved, allowing them to grow up to be all they can be.
– A mother/father is saved from a lifetime of guilt and criminal prosecution.
– The hopes and dreams of parents waiting to adopt are fulfilled.
Why do we need Safe Haven Laws?
Newborn babies are being left to die by mothers who believe, for whatever reason, that they have no other alternative. While no one can fully understand why a person would endanger a vulnerable child, mothers (and fathers) who abandon a newborn child often believe that they have no alternative, and they are utterly and completely alone. Living in this isolation, they are left to wrestle with problems that they are not psychologically or emotionally equipped to handle.
Can’t we help girls/women before they get to this stage?
YES! We emphasis “Please don’t wait until your baby is born.” Anyone can call our 24/7 hotline 1-877-767-BABY(2229). We hope that girls/women and those that care about them will call this number before they have their babies to prevent a crisis when the baby is born. We want mothers to realize that they are not alone, people care about them and that confidential help is available.
What is the Safe Haven 1-877-767-2229 Helpline all about?
It is absolutely confidential.
- It is staffed by caring individuals who will assist you in your time of need and will never judge you.
- It is a state wide, toll free, multilingual, referral helpline and available 24 hours and 7 days a week (1-877-767-2229).
- It is for anyone who wants to know about how pregnant women in Florida can get the help they need, in addition to providing information about Safe Haven.
How does the “Safe Haven” staff make sure that the baby is seven days old or less?
They do not ask for proof of the baby’s age, but will determine if the baby appears to be a newborn.
Is it true that the police will not be called? What about child protective services or DCF?
The police and/or the Department of Children and Families will not be called if the law is followed:
- The baby is unharmed
- The baby is approximately 7 days old or less
- The baby is taken to a hospital, fire rescue station or Emergency Medical Service station and given to a person who works there
If the parents follow these guidelines they will not be prosecuted for abandonment or neglect and will remain anonymous..
What happens to the baby?
• They will receive any medical services, if needed, either at the Safe Haven location or the nearest hospital.
• The hospital will contact a licensed child-placing adoption agency so that the baby can be adopted by parents who have been approved and waiting to adopt a child.
What about father’s rights?
This program does not change any present laws regarding father’s rights.
What if the parents change their mind and want their baby back?
A parent of a newborn infant left as outlined here and under the “Safe Haven” program may claim his or her newborn infant up until the court enters a judgment terminating his or her parental rights, which is approximately 30 days. A claim for the newborn infant must be made to the entity having physical or legal custody of the newborn infant or to the circuit court before whom proceedings involving the newborn infant are pending.
I would like to adopt a baby left at a “Safe Haven”. Who do I contact?
If you are interested in adoption call the Florida adoption information center at 1-800/96-Adopt and click HERE to:
– Learn more about the adoption process.
– View a list of “Safe Haven” licensed child placing agencies in Florida.
– See other helpful links.
Does such legislation encourage abandonment?
No, it discourages unsafe abandonment and saves lives – leaving a baby at a “Safe Haven” is the last option and is a compassionate alternative to abandoning a baby to an almost sure death. The mother is encouraged to talk to someone even before the baby is born and is encouraged to either keep the baby or to go through the normal channels of the adoption process. She also is encouraged to seek prenatal care.
We believe – If one life is saved, all our efforts are truly worthwhile!
Is “A Safe Haven for Newborns” and “Safe Place” the same program?
• No – Two totally different programs –
• “Safe Place” program is an excellent program for youth (under age 18) having problems of abuse, neglect, lost or in some dangerous situation with a drunk or unsafe driver or just wanting to talk to someone about a problem.
• “Safe Haven for Newborns” is, a Florida law, that allows the placement of an unharmed newborn, up to approximately 7 days old, with staff at a Safe Haven location: any hospital, staffed fire station, or staffed emergency medical service station, with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution.
Do other States have similar legislation?
All 50 states have enacted some version of “Safe Haven” legislation. Information is available on our web site.
What if I have questions not addressed here?
• If it is a crisis, call the 24/7 referral helpline: 1-877-767-2229.
How can I help?
• DONATIONS: We are private, non profit, 501(c)3 Florida organization and your donations will help us continue to save little lives. You can donate online(click here) or mail your donation to:
Gloria M. Silverio Foundation. “A Safe Haven for Newborns”
6801 NW 77th ave. Suite 404 Miami, FL 33166
Get help…Call the 24/7, toll free, confidential “Safe Haven for Newborns” Helpline at:1-877-767-2229.
Everyone will be helped…..It is totally confidential!