Presentation on theme: "Www.babymosesdallas.org1. 2 The Challenge Over 100 babies are abandoned each year in Texas. About 16 will be found dead. An unknown number of murdered."— Presentation transcript:
2 The Challenge Over 100 babies are abandoned each year in Texas. About 16 will be found dead. An unknown number of murdered babies are never found.
www.babymosesdallas.org3 The Solution A Texas law provides a responsible alternative to mothers who might otherwise abandon, harm or murder a newborn child. It states that a parent may leave an unharmed infant, up to 60 days old, at any designated hospital or fire station with “no questions asked.” This law is nicknamed the "The Baby Moses Law."
www.babymosesdallas.org4 Community Responsibility Under Texas law all Texas emergency medical services providers (including hospitals and most fire stations) are “designated emergency infant care providers” for these abandoned babies. In addition, “Each designated emergency infant care provider shall post in a conspicuous location a notice stating that the provider is a designated emergency infant care provider location and will accept possession of a child.”
www.babymosesdallas.org6 Law requires that signs be placed in a conspicuous location
www.babymosesdallas.org7 Baby Moses Dallas Since the legislature provided no funds to publicize this law, privately funded non- profit groups in every metropolitan area in Texas have instituted public awareness campaigns. In Dallas County this group is called Baby Moses Dallas.
www.babymosesdallas.org8 Dallas Organization The Baby Moses Dallas organization was established as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization to provide free signage and educational materials to fire stations and hospitals in Dallas County and to educate the public about the law. It is funded by individual donations.
www.babymosesdallas.org9 Dallas Primary Goals To educate the public about the Baby Moses/Safe Haven law so that mothers can make a responsible decision that will be “a choice for you and a chance for your baby.” To provide signage at no cost to all state- designated Safe Haven sites in Dallas County. (We’ve also provided signs to surrounding counties who’ve requested them.)
www.babymosesdallas.org10 Additional Goals Provide posters for Safe Baby Sites to inform personnel there how to handle an abandoned baby. Print and distribute posters and brochures (English and Spanish) aimed at young women for distribution to schools, libraries, recreation centers, clinics and other public places. We have created and are distributing Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to television stations (in English and Spanish and in DVD and Beta formats). A radio PSA is in the works. Publicize the Baby Moses Law in other forums, such as at community events, schools, churches, etc.
www.babymosesdallas.org11 Poster for Safe Haven Sites
www.babymosesdallas.org12 When a Baby is Delivered to the Site Receive an unharmed infant that appears to be under 60 days old. Medically stabilize the infant if needed. Transport to a hospital if needed. Offer the parent medical treatment and voluntary medical disclosure form. Contact Child Protective Services as quickly as possible or 9-1-1.
www.babymosesdallas.org13 The voluntary medical disclosure form can be anonymously returned to the city by mail (include a stamped, addressed envelope). Also available in Spanish.
www.babymosesdallas.org14 How you can help… Put brochures in public areas…
www.babymosesdallas.org15 Worksheets are available that teach the Baby Moses law.
www.babymosesdallas.org16 Posters inform the public about the Baby Moses law.
www.babymosesdallas.org17 With your help, we can spread the news. (Parkland presentation)
www.babymosesdallas.org18 Please help save this baby.
www.babymosesdallas.org19 Contact Information Alan Elliott, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org 214-729-1574 Ed Spencer, Media Contact email@example.com 214-533-2305 Patsy Summey, Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 972-291-6433 Vivian Skinner, Development Director email@example.com 972-296-1642 or 972-333-0717