Baby Moses Project
Every day countless women around the world face the reality of an unplanned pregnancy. A small number of these women hide or deny the fact that they are pregnant. They have not confided in family or friends, and have not reached out to any number of the crisis pregnancy or adoption services that are available to them. These women carry their babies to term, give birth in secret and then, out of fear, shame, confusion, desperation, or sometimes selfishness, they abandon their newborn baby in some out of the way place – leaving their child to die – hoping that the pregnancy will never be discovered.
The Baby Moses Law states that a parent may leave an unharmed infant, up to 60 days old, at any 24-hour emergency infant care provider with no questions asked and no penalty to the parent. This law not only protects the life of the infant but also provides a responsible alternative for the desperate parent. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County has taken the responsibility of educating the community of this law by providing “Safe Baby Site” signs to all designated emergency infant care providers.
In Smith County, emergency rooms at both East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis Hospitals & Clinics, as well as the ten 24-hour fire stations, are all designated “Safe Baby Sites” with trained personnel to receive hand-delivered infants.
The mission of each Safe Baby Site is to medically stabilize the infant, and offer the mother medical treatment and voluntary medical disclosure forms. Each site must contact the Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services to assume custody of the infant and place for adoption.
For information on how you can support the Baby Moses Project in Smith County, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit www.babymosesproject.org to learn more.