The Hope Box End of Year Update
"My parents will kick me out of the house if they find out I’m pregnant … I’m scared. There’s no way I’m going to a hospital. I’ll just give myself a C section at home and then leave my baby somewhere."
"My pimp said he’s going to sell my baby."
These are just a few examples of the calls The Hope Box encounters. And although these circumstances are heartbreaking, this Georgia 501(c)3 nonprofit is in the business of restoring hope in the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.
This year, due to COVID-19, The Hope Box needs an additional $20,000 in order to meet their annual donation goal. They anticipate a busy 2021 due to an increase in the abuse that likely transpired and went unreported in 2020. Also, this year Georgia closed 53 DFCS offices, making The Hope Box’s need in the community even greater.
Mothers who contact The Hope Box are desperate for help. They are often the victim of domestic violence, sex trafficking, incest, foster parent abuse, or they are simply overwhelmed and don’t know what to do.
After The Hope Box speaks with the mom, a solution is created. The in-crisis mom has the following choices: create a game plan to allow her to keep the child, seek out a private adoption agency, or relinquish her parental rights under the Safe Haven law.
The Safe Haven law was enacted in 2002, but The Hope Box amended it in 2017. This law allows a mother to anonymously abandon her infant without fear of prosecution. Designated Safe Haven sites include hospitals, fire stations, and police departments.
In addition to serving moms in-crisis, The Hope Box rescues infants who have been discarded, sex trafficked, and those who are medically cleared to be discharged from the hospital after birth, but have nowhere to go.
The Hope Box is unique because they provide an alternative for in-crisis mothers who do not want to contact the state DFCS system. They are fearful of giving out their personal information and are afraid of what will happen to both themselves and their baby. They reach out to The Hope Box and are able to make an educated decision. This prevents the child from being shuffled around in the system and increases the likelihood that they will not be abused.
Currently, there are over 12,000 children in the state’s foster care system with adoption rates peaking at age two and significantly decreasing as the child gets older. Please consider making an end of the year tax-deductible donation to The Hope Box to ensure that they are able to help as many in-crisis moms and abandoned infants as possible.
Together we can ensure that every abandoned baby is protected. Together we can make miracles happen. Help spread the word. For more information on how you can support this initiative, go to www.thehopebox.org/donate