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Hospital 2 Home Project

Sadly, hospitals are home to many babies. They are commonly known as boarder or "stuck" babies. At times, there can be up to 50 boarder babies in one hospital. The legal term for boarder babies are infants medically cleared to be discharged from the hospital, but they have nowhere to go.

The Hope Box addresses this through our Hospital 2 Home Project.
There Are Four Main Reasons Why A Parent Cannot Take A Child Home
  • If the baby has alcohol in its system
  • If the parents are homeless
  • If the baby has drugs in its system
  • If the parents have lost previous children to DFCS
  • The mother did not know she was pregnant or may not be able to care for the baby.
  • The mother was afraid someone would find out they had a baby.
  • There is a fear of medical bills.
  • The baby is at risk of being trafficked.
  • The mother fears her pimp.
  • Women from foreign countries come to Atlanta to have their babies. If the baby has a medical issue, they may not be able to return to their home country without complications.

Some Other Reasons Babies Are Being Abandoned In The Hospital By Their Parents Include...

The Hope Box works with DFCS, caseworkers, and judges to advocate for boarder babies, so that they receive the nurture and connection they need at such a critical period developmentally.

This is called our Hospital 2 Home Project.

The Hope Box is dedicated to ensuring that every baby is identified, nurtured, followed, and legally ready to be connected with a placement agency and forever family.