Over 4,002 Lives Saved to Date by the Safe Haven Law.
4,002 newborns relinquished using Safe Haven
1397 newborns abandoned illegally
773 newborns found deceased
462 newborns found alive
In 2017 alone, 478 infants have been abandoned in Georgia, the second highest rate after California with 774 abandonments.
The safe haven statistics posted are unofficial as there is no federally mandated Safe Haven reporting requirement at this time, we rely on county and state reporting. These statistics were last updated 12/31/18. The national statistics are a total from 1999 when the first Safe Haven law was implemented:
The Hope Box continually researches the issues of abandonment. Below we have provided the most current records on the issues of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and maltreatment to children under one (1) year of age.
Children less than one year of age are the most vulnerable to death and abuse. They rank highest of children victimized for maltreatment, abuse, neglect, and abandonment- in rates that are rising with each year. The Hope Box is here to establish a decrease in the rise of these numbers.
Every day in Georgia there are 2 infant mortalities
Every day in Georgia there are 33 infants abused, abandoned, or neglected
In 2014 Georgia reported 137,222 children were victimized - a 132.9% increase from 2010
In 2014 a national report indicated 24.4/ 1000 children were victimized under the age of one- highest ranking in all age groups
In 2014 a national report estimated 702,000 children were victimized in our country
Statistics can be found on http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/datasources.html, http://www.childstats.gov/, https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/wellbeing/ and http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/child-care-data-resources.