Mylene - posted on 10/21/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )
On the news last night, I saw that a newborn was dumped in the trash by his mother. She had apparently no idea she was pregnant. She is undergoing psychological evaluations at the moment... On the news, they talked about the fact that there is no safe place for any parent to drop off a child without any repercussion in Alberta (and most of canada). parents who want to drop-off an unwanted baby can face chareges of child neglect, child abandonment, etc. British-Columbia has started a project for "Safe Baby drop -off" locations. Basically, parents can anonymously drop-off their baby without any charges being laid. it was said that it can save some baby's lives and get them away from potentially harmful situations such as parents who abuse drugs, criminal life, etc. those children are taken care of by the hospital and then put up for adoption. On the other hand, it was pointed out that giving this alternative to parents can prevent them from getting help through social services for their addiction problems, mental health issues, etc.
I think that it should be available and that the parents who drop off their babies do it because they see it as the only alternative at that moment. I think it would prevent some babies being shaken, dumped in garbage bins, etc. I think a lot of parents who abandon their children are worried about repercussions and criminal charges and this is (in part) what is pushing them to dump the kids wherever they can.
What do you think? Should this be available to parents? Should social services reach out to more families? Would you like this system implemented in your area?