Safe Haven?

Joy is 13 years old and, like every 13 year old girl these days, is into drinking, drugs and disobeying her parents – the three D's. Unfortunately for Joy she lives in Nebraska and is about to get a rather unpleasant shock.

You see America has this law (one that I don't personally like) called the "Safe Haven" law which allows new parents to abandon newborn babies at hospitals, fire stations and police stations with no questions asked. Ridiculous isn't it? Whatever happened to taking responsibility for you actions? Anyway Nebraska is the latest state to take on that law and they've added their own little twist to it.

Where the majority of states allow "newborns" to be abandoned within three days of their birth, Nebraska has worded their version of the law as "minors" with no mentioned time limit. This means that, using common law definitions, any child up to the age of 14 may be abandoned for any reason with no questions asked.

Seems like Joy had better start being nicer to her parents and stop stealing their stash.

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13 thoughts on “Safe Haven?

  1. That's… Horrible! As if someone who meant to abuse a child would use it – no – people will just abandon their kids out of bad parenting!

  2. Say that again? You can leave your kid if it is 13 years old or younger?And in all states if it's less than 3 days?I have never heard something as ridiculous! Poor kids! 😡

  3. Personally, I don't see why you would need a law to allow newborns to be abandoned with no questions asked, let alone allowing the same to be done with all minors. :irked:Abandoning your own child is the pinnacle of irresponsibility. 😡

  4. The original law only applies to newborns. The idea behind it is that babies that are going to be abandoned anyway can be left at a safe place with no questions asked rather than dumped in front of a church or left in a dumpster. In that, at least, it's a good idea.The problem arises with Nebraska's take on the law. I can see the reasoning behind it as more and more older children are abandoned as their parents (usually a single mother in these cases) leave for a new life with a new partner. It's happening all over the world and, despite not being a recent phenomenon, it's reported more often now so it's fresh in people's minds.The thing that no-one behind the law seems to have thought of is that there's quite a difference between some scared schoolgirl giving birth and abandoning a baby and a parent of a teenaged child running off and leaving that child alone.

  5. I'd imagine so – which makes it even worse! Okay, I can see situations where people might legitimately need something like that – a very young mother (i.e., similar age to Joy) who might have no support from her parents and no chance of a job (because of her age and lack of education). Something along those lines. But I bet there's far more people who are in a position to look after their own kids who are just abusing the system by simply abrogating any responsibilities they have ("I'm too young to have kids", that sort of thing).Surely there's some sort of interview with the person dropping the kids off or something before the kids are just dropped off?

  6. Rose: I initially thought that this might be used as a state-funded babysitter service.On reflection, if this law is intended to allow children to be permanently abandoned, I would presume that children delivered to a hospital etc. in this way would be permanently put into care.I don't imagine a parent would be able to subsequently retrieve a child that they put into care because "we couldn't find a babysitter". I would hope that someone would point out that they are clearly unfit parents to have done it in the first place.

  7. Somebody who needed some time off from their kids, maybe? I can't help wondering if this gets used as a sort of babysitter…

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