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A Safe Haven for Newborns Seeks to End Infant Abandonment

The Abandonment of a Child is the Cruelest Form of Abuse

The Gloria M. Silverio Foundation
Aug. 17, 2023

MIAMI, Aug. 17, 2023 /Standard Newswire/ -- Child abandonment is escalating worldwide. In the United States, over 7,000 children are abandoned annually; Columbia and Venezuela have thousands of abandoned children per year; and Brazil acknowledges child abandonment as one of its main social problems, per a recent article in "The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential."

In Florida, A Safe Haven for Newborns is at the forefront of addressing the problem of infant abandonment by providing non-judgmental help and resources. "The preconceived notion that a person who abandons a newborn is an underprivileged teenager is misleading. This is a tragedy crossing all categories of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status," said Nick Silverio, Founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns. Since its inception 22 years ago, the Foundation has seen a decrease in infant abandonment in the state of Florida. To date, 377 newborns have been saved.

A Safe Haven for Newborns provides the mother with the resources she needs prior to giving birth, allowing her to make an informed decision that is in the best interest of her unborn child and hers. The Foundation does not charge for any of the services offered. By Florida law, a newborn seven days or younger and unharmed can be surrendered at any of the participating hospitals or 24/7 staffed fire/ EMS stations displaying the Safe Haven for Newborn signage and surrendered in the arms of a staff member. No questions asked and free from fear of prosecution.

Referral services offered across all 67 Florida counties include maternity homes, shelters, counseling, health-related issues, and information on adoption; open or closed. It offers a 24/7 multi-lingual confidential helpline and information through its website, Its success is credited to the statewide partnership with Fire, EMS, Hospitals. Watch a short video on our partnership.

The Gloria M. Silverio Foundation 501(c)3, A Safe Haven for Newborns, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Nick Silverio. A Safe Haven for Newborns assists girls/women facing an unexpected pregnancy — saving two lives — in complete anonymity, protecting her right to privacy. Visit us at:

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SOURCE The Gloria M. Silverio Foundation

CONTACT: Nick Silverio, Founder, 786-246-1304,