Reunited After 18 Years Safe Haven Baby Celebrates Graduation with Hero Firefighters
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Reunited After 18 Years: Safe Haven Baby Celebrates Graduation with Hero Firefighters

Through the county’s “Safe Haven” program, a newborn was dropped off at Lake County Fire Station No. 112 in Clermont eighteen years ago. She recently received her high school diploma and is doing well.

Colleen recently got to see some of the firemen from the station who were involved in her tale; in fact, an engine has been dedicated in her honor. The fire department congratulated Colleen on her achievements in a Facebook post.

According to the Post, “Join us in congratulating Colleen on her huge accomplishment. We are so proud of you!” 

Through the county’s “Safe Haven” program, a newborn was dropped off at Lake County Fire Station No. 112 in Clermont eighteen years ago. She recently received her high school diploma and is doing well.

What is the Safe Haven program in Florida?

Safe Haven laws are a response to the growing child abandonment epidemic in the United States. They effectively offer a private option to fearful parents who might otherwise take harsh steps, like secretly disposing of their newborns.

By permitting parents to securely surrender their infants at hospitals, fire stations, or emergency medical services, the law seeks to protect both the child and the parent. This program spares the parents from possible legal repercussions while also saving the newborn’s life.

To protect the baby’s safety, the Safe Haven law requires that the infant be given to a staff member. The parent may still be charged with a crime if the baby is left unsupervised.

If the baby is left anywhere other than a facility designated as a Safe Haven, criminal charges may still be brought against you.

The program also encourages moms to seek assistance prior to reaching a crisis point by emphasizing early intervention.

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The hospital will, on a rotational basis, get in touch with a licensed child-placing agency from a list generated by the Florida Adoption Information Center after the infant is examined for any medical or health issues. After that, the infant will be given to parents who have been wanting to adopt a child.

In an emergency, parents can dial 877-767-2229, the 24/7 referral helpline. Visit www.asafehavenfornewborns.com for more details. Emails at [email protected] are another option.

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