Nebraska’s Safe Haven Law

15 Nov

I heard this on the news a few weeks ago because a mother from Georgia drove all the way to Nebraska to drop her 12 year old son off. She was in tears and the case is still on going in the court system. She said she felt like she had no other choice. Her son had been in trouble with the law too many times to count and he was on his way to jail. She found out about Nebraska’s safe haven law which states you will not face criminal charges if you drop a “child” off at a hospital or other safe place. What they failed to mention is what age is a child. People all across the US are now dropping off children from newborn to 17 years old. Hotair has a great article on the problems facing the state and what they are planning to do to solve it. I think these are great laws especially for mothers who chose to keep their babies and wanted to give them a good home but I am not sure how I feel about parents dropping older children and teens off.  Children are not merchandise you can return if you don’t like them.

On the other hand I worked with a lady that had a stepdaughter 5 years old at the time who was diagnosed as bipolar. She was on all kinds of meds but the mom and husband were at their wits end. The little girl tried to kill her newborn son by putting a pillow over his face and she tried to jump out her second story window. The parents were at a loss. They tried to have her committed but the state would only take her if she were 8 or older but she was 5. The mom ended up moving out after she had her third child. The stress of it all was taking a toll. I cannot even imagine.

What do you do in these situations? I know this is extreme but until we have been in these parents shoes we don’t know what we would do. It really makes you think. Not everything is black and white. There are a lot of gray to some of these issues.


One Response to “Nebraska’s Safe Haven Law”

  1. faemom November 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm #

    Great post!
    I think we need to have parenting classes with all people who are having kids. We have driving classes if you want to drive. I also think we as a society really need to work to get parents the help and support they need.
    I do agree with you that parents of older children should not leave their kids. Why not have parenting teenager classes?
    As for that poor family with the bi-polar daughter, that is heart breaking.

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