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CAPS issues Safe Haven Law reminder after baby found in dumpster

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Release from Child and Parent Services in Elkhart

Once again we are learning the tragic story of a parent's desperation resulting in a child's death. Few details are known to the public currently, but the headline, "Baby found dead in dumpster" is chilling. We want to take this opportunity to highlight Indiana's Safe Haven law, which is in place to prevent this type of tragedy. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a child's birth, an infant can be anonymously turned over to hospitals or fire and police stations. As long as there are no signs of intentional abuse on the baby, no information is required of the person leaving the baby. (http://www.in.gov/dcs/2915.htm)

Is this the ideal beginning for a baby? Of course not, but it is an option for a desperate parent, and a better option than abandoning or harming the baby. We can agree that all children deserve safe, stable, nurturing relationships beginning at birth. And there are many resources in our communities to support parents and give them the tools and resources to provide for their own children, which is the very best. And yet some parents face severe circumstances, and lacking adequate resources, feel desperate and hopeless. The Safe Haven law was enacted to provide a way for those parents to ensure the safety of their baby without the fear of arrest or prosecution.

Please help share the message widely. No child needs to be harmed or abandoned. There are options and resources. Let's pledge to make our communities safe havens for all children. How can you make a difference?

CAPS is a local non-profit agency whose mission is to prevent child abuse by valuing children and strengthening families in Elkhart County. CAPS has seven programs that are aimed at this mission. For information regarding the Safe Haven law or about the services that CAPS offers, please contact CAPS at 295-2277.

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