Seeking a Safe Haven

Parents abandon teens under a Nebraska law passed to save babies.

By Toni Hoy, for Rise Magazine

In July of 2008, Nebraska instituted a “safe haven” law that allows parents to leave a child at a hospital without fear of prosecution. The law was intended to allow parents to safely abandon infants they could not take care of, and many states have similar laws. However, the Nebraska law did not specify that it applied only to babies, and in September and October, as many as 25 parents dropped off older children at hospitals, saying that because of problems and financial woes, they could no longer care for their children. Click here to visit Rise’s website and read the full story.