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Friday, November 16, 2007

Baby Boy Abandoned On Porch

Last night, a baby boy was abandoned on a porch in Abingdon, in Montgomery County with a note that the mom was unable to care for the child. Click the title to see video of the child.

On Nov. 10, a newborn baby boy was found on the porch of a home in
Penbrook, Dauphin County. According to police, the mother - a teenager
who was later identified - had no connection to the home where she left
the baby.

Department of Public Welfare Secretary
Estelle B. Richman recently reminded expectant parents and parents of
newborns that Pennsylvania's safe haven law allows them to
confidentially turn over unwanted infants, up to 28 days old, to any
hospital as an alternative to abandonment.

"While we are greatly relieved to learn that the boy was unharmed,
it is important to note that this is exactly the kind of situation that
Pennsylvania's safe haven law was designed to prevent," said Secretary

"When young women are not prepared for the responsibilities of
parenthood, they may be afraid and are unsure of where to turn for help.
We want them to know that there is a safe, legal and confidential option
for them and their child."

There are nearly 270 hospitals in Pennsylvania where parents may
safely surrender a baby if they fear they cannot care for the child.
Babies can be handed over to any hospital staff member. If the parent is
unwilling or unable to wait, they should look for signs instructing them
where to place the baby. As long as the child is unharmed, the parents
will not be asked any questions.

It is recommended, but not required, that the parent provide
medical information for the child. A baby turned over to a hospital will
receive necessary medical care. The county's child and youth agency will
work to find the child a family through the state's foster care system.

Pennsylvania is one of 48 states with a safe haven law. To date,
five babies have been saved through the program.

To learn more about the safe haven program, visit <> or call toll-free,
1-866-921-SAFE (7233).

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