A Safe Haven for Newborns launches campaign to end infant abandonment

A Safe Haven for Newborns, a nonprofit statewide organization, has announced the launch of a public awareness outdoor advertising campaign to help eliminate infant abandonment.

As a major component of the campaign, A Safe Haven for Newborns will unveil billboards in numerous counties throughout Florida with support from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association.

“A Safe Haven for Newborns not only helps save lives of abandoned newborns, but we also help create a brighter future for the expectant mother who has no one to turn to during a time of uncertainty and fear,” said Nick Silverio, founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns. “Every child that is saved and every mother who receives our help make our efforts worthwhile.”

The campaign aims to increase awareness of A Safe Haven for Newborns mission to assist women in crisis pregnancies and combat infant abandonment through education, prevention and community involvement. The organization’s 24/7 statewide multilingual referral helpline is a lifeline that provides confidential assistance to pregnant women decisions in parenting, health, adoption or placing their newborn at a Safe Haven location.

“The Florida Outdoor Advertising Association understands the power advertising has, which is why we are proud to partner with A Safe Haven for Newborns and support their commitment to the wellbeing of mothers and newborns,” said Charlotte Brand Audie, president and CEO of the FOAA. “We hope our contributions will encourage those in need to take advantage of the invaluable resources and assistance that this origination has to offer.”

Under the Florida Safe Haven Law, a mother, father or guardian may leave an unharmed newborn, approximately seven days old or less with a staff member at a hospital, or 24/7 staffed fire rescue or emergency medical service station anonymously and without fear of prosecution.

A participating private adoption agency will arrange placement of the newborn with a waiting family. All of these locations, in addition to American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances, display A Safe Haven for Newborns signage or decal.

As a result of A Safe Haven for Newborns’ efforts more than 5,000 women received help in their time of need and 266 newborns have been given a safe and promising future with their forever family.

For more information, visit www.asafehavenfornewborns.com.

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2 Comments on "A Safe Haven for Newborns launches campaign to end infant abandonment"

  1. Jean & Michael Morrisey | September 2, 2017 at 9:58 am | Reply

    Sadly there have been 100 deadly newborn abandonments across the country in the last 18 months
    That’s 100 dead newborns!
    What is the response of the major safe haven awareness campaigns across the country? You’re seeing exactly what they do in this article. The same exact response to deadly newborn abandonments took place just weeks ago in Illinois. Same in Indiana, New Jersey, Michigan, South Carolina, and most of those states these where deadly abandonments happened multiple times in the last six to twelve months. California has 5 or more abandonments per year. They have multiple funerals, and a dedication of a park to the safe haven children by a 70 year old county supervisor.
    Where isn’t this endless set of senseless tragedies taking place? Massachusetts. We’ve had only one deadly newborn abandonment in the last 10.5+ years! Only 1 abandonment in almost 7 years.
    ZERO abandonments in the last 3 years!
    What is Massachusetts doing to stop 95% of newborn abandonments? That’s right we’ve stopped 95% of newborn abandonments!!!
    We use standard demographic marketing of our Baby Safe Haven law!! It’s teen and 20 year olds that use the laws, and they are the ONLY ones you see out in the media promoting Baby Safe Haven in Massachusetts!
    NEVER do you see a 50+ year old official using a shaming message against Generation Y or Z. It’s peers helping peers in crisis. AND IT WORKS!!
    We NEVER use safely surrendered babies or children to mock teens who are in crisis and need to make tough decisions.
    All the states who use the old advocates, old so-called “experts,” old officials and old politicians to exclusively promote their laws have the HIGHEST numbers of newborn abandonments!
    And every single one of those states does this exact same strategy again and again when another deadly newborn abandonment takes place. It’s insane!
    They all know that Massachusetts has stopped 90% of these tragedies, but they refuse to follow a program that puts teens and 20 somethings out in front of the press every single time. The old officials, and so-called experts, see their face time as more important over the death of the next newborn. And there will be another deadly newborn abandonment again, sometimes in just weeks, because they can’t communicate with Gen Y & Z. It’s insane!!
    Introducing just a few of the young people who will inform their peers across the country, following our Massachusetts model.

    The originator of the MA campaign with over 100 media coverages for Baby Safe Haven: http://youtu.be/k3dn_DPodPw & http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/1750474/boston_s_view_singer_renee_marcou & http://youtu.be/sPl0NOyV4ro & http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20080921/News/309219734 & http://youtu.be/xAC9QMw27v4

    A 15 year old in Massachusetts: https://youtu.be/QtGy8dD_54w

    23 year old from Indiana on YouNow social media platform promoting Baby Safe Haven: https://youtu.be/Jpbnx3vW5-0

    Here’s 16 year old in Wichita, KS, on radio, TV, and front page newspaper coverage: http://youtu.be/npu_8TcIKMk & http://ksn.com/2014/07/01/baby-safe-haven-awareness-campaign/ & http://www.kansas.com/2014/07/05/3540671/wichita-teen-a-spokesperson-for.html

    This 20 year old is the only bilingual spokesperson/advocate for any Baby Safe Haven law in the US. In Chicagoland en Espanol: https://soundcloud.com/dtvpro/kiararivera-on-la-ley-1079-chicago & http://youtu.be/5UxXYlfhS2g

    18 year old in Danbury, CT, on radio and another front page newspaper story and in a recent tragedy: http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3976172.shtml & http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2015/11/29/officials-say-baby-safe-haven-is-the-answer-for-abandoned-newborns.html And: https://soundcloud.com/dtvpro/despina-drougas-on-98q-baby-safe-haven & http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/A-safe-haven-for-unwanted-babies-5663837.php

    16 year old in Knoxville, Tennessee: http://youtu.be/qtmypoHp3Vw

    In Los Angeles, SOTs for TV news use: 1 – http://youtu.be/Nv5nlJzS4yE 2 – http://youtu.be/7hHOI7yajL4

  2. Paul E Avizinis | September 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Reply

    Thank you for giving the least of our brothers and sisters a chance at life and hope for the future

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