During these past two months, we have remained active in our dedication to render assistance to the pregnant women in need and their newborn. Following the recommendations of the CDC to safeguard from the COVID-19 virus, we have taken precautions to ensure a safe work environment and have kept the office open to continue to strive towards our goal — end infant abandonment.
And we have been busy. So far this year, our Safe Haven family has grown by three precious souls; bringing the Safe Haven family count to 319 newborns — 313 in Florida, five in other states, and one in Honduras. These precious babies, some now children and pre-teens, have a home and a future. Three-hundred nineteen families will celebrate this Mother's Day and will remember the birth mom who made the valiant decision to give her newborn a chance at a life that she could not give them.
The Safe Haven for Newborns program (more often than not) is the safety net for the desperate pregnant women who feeling they have nowhere to turn can endanger the life of their baby once it is born. We are there for her and her unborn child. Just one act of despair can have grave consequences. For the birth mother, from committing an unthinkable act that could have criminal repercussions and for the newborn from being left abandoned in an unsafe place to potentially die.
Not all calls are from expectant mothers who are thinking of surrendering their newborn. We are currently assisting a pregnant woman who reached out to Safe Haven. After receiving the support and counseling through our network of partnered agencies, she has decided that she will keep her baby. She is due any day now.
This year, there will be three families whose Mother’s Day will be extra special as they celebrate this special day with their recent addition to the family. Enjoy your first Mother's Day, Valentina, Darryl, and Trip!