Probably some of you have heard a little about this in the news. The State of Nebraska has a "safe haven" law which allows parents to hand over their infants to hospitals without facing charges of abandonment. With teens being left at hospitals, Nebraska Legislature sets hearing - CNN.com One problem, however - there was no age limit stipulated in the law which took affect in July such as all other states have done. As a result, at least one parent has come in from another state to *dump off* their (unwanted?) kid. These aren't infants, but older children - 13 out of 17 thrown away children were over the age of ten. The four younger kids were all left by the same person.
Now I heard on the news tonight, Nebraska is pushing through emergency legislation to put a cap on the age to a period of several days, since the law was designed to protect infants. I don't think Nebraska lawmakers ever even envisioned parents dropping off older kids the way they are. What the state is fearful of is that they'll be a sudden rush to dump other kids off before the law is revised, which they say will take about a week to do.
This is really sad! To see parents get to such a point of exasperation with their children they just want to literally throw them away instead of try to continue working with them to iron out problems, or seek help from professional family counselors. I mean, these kids are their own flesh and blood, their progeny who carry the family name, their offspring who would help care for them as parents in their elderly years. After putting so many years of work into raising them, how can you drive them to a hospital, dump them off, and ride away pretty much erasing them out of your life as though they never existed? Not saying there isn't any emotional feelings on the part of the parent(s) while doing this to their children, I'm sure there has to be. It just seems to me there had to be another solution to the problems that drove them to this extreme. Call me overly sensitive, it just saddens me very much to see families having serious problems between members, and for it to get to this point of actually dumping the kids like yesterday's trash really tears me up inside.