Monday, September 15, 2008

TEENAGE NEBRASKA SAFE HAVEN

I wonder if this is what the Safe Haven folks intended. I also wonder what this tells these young boys. What does this tell other children? Will the parents of Nebraska tell their children if they misbehave, that they will be safe havened? Oh my gosh these poor kids. The fifteen year old boy had lost his mother a few years ago. His aunt can't handle him so she safe havens him. He is abandoned twice through no fault of his own. He is not given any help to deal with this situation. If you think you have anger management issues with him now, wait until he grows up. Sadly he will age out of the system. She has just cut his life short. This is horrible. Shame on Nebraska lawmakers. I feel for these kids. Instead of safe havening of these kids, why wasn't there better options for these parents and guardians? Oh that is right. We can't have anyone taking advantage of the system.

Here is the story and the link.

11- and 15-Year-Olds Left at Separate Hospitals Under New Safe Haven Law

Lincoln, NE - A 15-year-old boy has been placed in foster care after his aunt dropped him off at a Lincoln hospital Saturday. Earlier in the afternoon, a parent left an 11-year-old boy at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. He's been placed in emergency custody.

In both cases, they were left because of "behavioral" problems. Relatives won't be charged with abandonment because of the state's new Safe Haven Law.

Lincoln police tell Action 3 News the 15-year-old's mother is deceased and the father's whereabouts unknown. The 44-year-old aunt was his guardian. Police say she couldn't deal with his behavioral issues. Little is being released about the 11-year-old's situation.

Senator Arnie Stuthman introduced the bill to protect babies from harm but says in order for law makers to agree and pass the law there had to be a compromise on the bill that would include children up to the age of 18.

Senator Rich Pahls was an advocate for the Safe Haven Law. He says the fact that young adults were dropped off means there could another problem that needs to be addressed. "It tells me that there are some parents or guardians out there that need some help. If you look at the larger picture we need to take a look at mental health," says Senator Pahls.

Both Senators say if young adults continue to be dropped off at hospitals they will find a way to change the bill so that only young babies will be protected by the Safe Haven Law.

Nebraska became the last state in the country to adopt a Safe Haven Law.

Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, kathy@action3news.com

Updated by Devon Patton, devon@action3news.com

1 comment:

Laurel said...

"Both Senators say if young adults continue to be dropped off at hospitals they will find a way to change the bill so that only young babies will be protected by the Safe Haven Law."

It's not about saving kids of any age whose parents might otherwise kill or abandon them. It's about obtaining no-strings infants for the adoption trade. Keep one til it isn't cute anymore, and it's your problem.