Unwanted children are too often innocent victims of parents who bring them into the world without the skills to raise them. We’ve seen too many criminal incidents surrounding the issue of abandoned babies and Connecticut, as well as other states, are doing all they can to save the lives of unwanted babies through Safe Haven laws.
According to Shattered Lives Radio host Donna Gore’s recent article, The Best Kept Secret: The Crime of Abandoned Babies:
“….infants 30 days old or younger can be brought to a Safe Haven (defined as any hospital emergency department). A nurse will meet the parent in a private room to obtain medical history (if the parent choses). Parental rights will be terminated in order for the baby to be adopted, and they will be given a packet from DCF. DCF will assume immediate custody of the infant. If the parent changes her/his mind, it is recommended that they immediately contact DCF and apply for legal representation.”
Shattered Lives Radio discusses the efforts of those in Connecticut who are trying to bring more awareness to their state’s Safe Haven Law which was enacted in 2000. Host Donna Gore welcomes her guest, retired Meriden, CT Police Chief Robert N. Kosienski to shed more light on the importance of Safe Haven laws and the impact it has on the lives of, not only abandoned babies, but also the life of the mother.
Kosienski rose through the ranks of the Police Department before becoming chief in 1985. During his career, Kosienski introduced community policing, updated weapons, re-established the SWAT team, created the department’s DARE program and its first sex crime unit, and developed the first civilian police academy for the city. He also served as president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association from 1999 to 2000.