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

  • 22,000 Infants abandoned in the hospital's last year

In 2017 alone, 478 infants were abandoned in Georgia, the second highest rate after California with 774 infants who were abandoned.

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:




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 Georgia Stats



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 the highest of children victimized for maltreatment, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. These rates 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

  • Georgia reported 137,222 children were victimized - a 132.9% increase from 2010

  • In a national report indicated that out of 1000 children 24.4 were victimized under the age of one- the highest ranking in all age groups

  • A national report estimated 702,000 children were victimized in our country

Statistics can be found on http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/datasources.htmlhttp://www.childstats.gov/https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/wellbeing/ and http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/child-care-data-resources.

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