Facts

  1. The tragedy of infant abandonment crosses all categories of age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status – Source: (1).
  2. Most Women who abandon their baby are in denial or conceal their pregnancy, are unmarried and not involved in a relationship with the Father of the baby – Source: (1).
  3. A mother who abandons her newborn is between the ages of 18-22 years old – Source: (1).
  4. The average age of girls or women calling the Safe Haven Helpline in Florida and receiving assistance is between 14-25 years old- Source: (1).
  5. The Safe Haven for Newborns Public Awareness Campaign in Florida is proving to be effective. The “Safe Haven” program has now been utilized at hospitals and Fire Rescue/EMS stations numerous times- Source: (1).
  6. As of 2005, forty six (46) states have passed some version of a Safe Haven Law- Source: (1).
  7. Ages

    % of FL

    % of US

    10-141.0%1.7%
    15-1731.8%32.1%
    18-1967.2%66.3%

    -Source: (3)

  8. Ages

    % of FL

    % of US

    10-1451.1%50.9%
    15-1729.7%29.5%
    18-1919.2%19.6%

    -Source: (3)

  9. Race/Ethnicity

    % of FL

    % of US

    Non-Hispanic White40%42%
    Non-Hispanic Black34%24%
    Hispanics25%30%
    Native Americans1%2%
    Asian/Pacific Islanders1%2%

    -Source: (3)

  10. The United States has more teen pregnancies than any other developed country-double that of Canada and at least four Times France and Germany- Source: (2).
  11. Each year the Federal government alone spends about $40 billion to help families that began with a teenage birth- Source: (4).

Sources:

(1) A Safe Haven for Newborns

(2) Teen Pregnancy Statistics

(3) Teen Population

(4) Teen Pregnancy – So What?

Why does this happen?

  • Hospital Presentation by Andrea Corn, Psy.D. – March, 2002
  • Postpartum Blues by Andrea Corn, Psy.D.
  • Shields Speaks Out on Postpartum Depression, The Herald, May 31, 2005

Andrea Corn, Psy.D. is a well-respected psychologist and we feel privileged to acknowledge her as member of our advisory board. Dr. Corn graciously accepted to speak on our behalf at an event for Child Abuse Prevention presented by Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.

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, two common denominators present themselves – isolation and denial. Mothers and fathers who abandon a newborn child often believe that they are, and in fact they may be, 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.

 

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