News And Education
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.
4,015 lives saved to date by the Safe Haven law.
3,527 newborns relinquished using Safe Haven laws.
827 newborns found deceased.
476 newborns found alive.
Every day, nationally, there are 5 infant/children deaths.
Every day in GA there are 2 infant morbidities.
Every day in GA there are 22 infants abused, neglected, or abandoned.
In 2019, GA reported 10,102 children were victimized.
In 2020, a national report indicated 26.2/1000 children were victimized under the age of 1 - the highest ranking in all age groups.
In 2019, there were 656,251 cases of child abuse and neglect reported in the U.S.
70% of fatalities involve children 3 years old or younger in Georgia.
Ages 0-3 are the most at-risk for neglect, abuse, and fatality.
Child Abuse, Neglect, and Fatality Statistics (2019)
The time has come to take a stand for the most vulnerable members of our society. Every child deserves a chance in a loving and nurturing home. The Hope Box is leading the way to, not only address the issue of infant abandonment, but to eradicate it from our society. If you would like to partner with us, here are some great ways you can help.
Become a monthly partner. Donate here.
Bring The Hope Box to you. Book us for a speaking engagement at your office, event, conference, church, etc. Email us here.
Volunteer and use your gifts and talents to bring awareness to the public. View our volunteer page.
Go through our training. We would love to come and train your community, especially if you are a Safe Haven Provider. View our Safe Haven training page.
References The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (n.d.). The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count Data Center. The Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center. Retrieved April 1, 2022, from https://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#USA/2/35/36,37,38,41,40/char/0 Chilren's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Child Welfare Information Gateway. Retrieved May 19, 2022, from https://www.childwelfare.gov/ Children's Bureau: An Office of the Administration for Children & Families. (2021, January 14). Child maltreatment 2019. The Administration for Children and Families. Retrieved May 19, 2022, from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/report/child-maltreatment-2019 Georgia Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics A Call for Prevention. (2022). Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, 1–2. Retrieved May 19, 2022, from https://abuse.publichealth.gsu.edu/files/2022/04/Stat-fact-sheet-2022-April.pdf.
Safe Haven Law Map
To view your state's Safe Haven law in full detail, click here.
IN ADDITION TO SAFE HAVEN LAW:
BABY BOXES AND BABY DRAWERS
Listed below are states with baby boxes or baby drawers available for mothers to use in crisis to safely relinquish her baby.
For more details, please contact The Hope Box by calling (770) 765-6301.