||Friday, October 13, 2000
||I understand that Florida has a Newborn Lifeline program to
help protect the lives of abandoned infants and their
desperate mothers. As the adoption coordinator for
Catholic Community Services in Sierra Vista, Arizona, I am
gathering information in hopes of starting a pilot program
here. I would appreciate any information you have on the
||You will find information about the Newborn Lifeline at
I called the Florida Department of Children and Families,
Communications Office at 850-488-4855 and spoke with
Paige Jolley there. She used to be the person in charge
of information on the Florida program, but it is now
headed up by Ginnene Elster. Ginnene was not in the office
today. Should you wish further information or an
information sheet faxed to you, call Ginnene at
850-488-4855 and she will be able to help you out.
Meanwhile, Paige told me the following information about
the Florida program off the top of her head:
1. The baby can be taken to a fire station II (one that
has paramedics) or to a hospital. The hospital has to be
one with an emergency trauma unit.
2. The mother will remain anonymous.
3. The mother can change her mind within 30 days.
4. Mothers will not be charged with abandonment.
5. There will be no criminal charges brought against the
6. No questions asked.
7. The baby must be no older than 3 days old.
8. There must be no signs of abuse or neglect on the baby.
9. The baby will be put up for adoption after the 30 day
waiting period through an adoption agency.
10. Parental rights will be terminated.
11. The new parents will not search for the biological