Since 2000, dozens of parents have safely given up their newborns, under the Safe Haven Law. It's happened twice in El Paso county in 2010, and most recently occurred in Pueblo on Christmas Eve.
The little boy's family dropped the newborn off at a fire station on the corner of Aster and South Prairie. That’s on the south side of Pueblo. When they handed the baby over, firefighters say, the parents were giving it a chance. "I see the benefit of this law nationwide, not just here locally here as to how many children have been given the safe haven that they deserved instead of being abandoned," says Woody Percival, Fire Inspector and spokesman for the Pueblo Fire Department.
Percival says, using the Safe Haven process is simple. "It can be done without any repercussions to the parent whatsoever, and certainly is a better situation than abandoning a child as to give it a chance like this," says Percival.
A chance at a life the parents must have felt would be better than one they could have given it. "It probably took an awful lot of courage on the mother's part to... make the decision that she made," says Percival.
The baby was taken to St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center to be checked out medically and for a developmental screening. After that, the Department of Social Services (DSS) will place the infant with a foster family that is likely to adopt him. The phone has been ringing off the hook with people interested in adopting this specific child, according to DSS, but they say they cannot discuss his situation specifically with anyone due to privacy laws.
The Department of Social Services in Pueblo says, they are always looking for more families willing to be foster parents or to adopt children in their care. If you are interested in becoming foster parents or adopting children, you can call 719-583-6785 for foster care or 719-583-4716 for adoptions.