Children First Foundation Joins in Celebrating 'National Safe Haven Awareness Day' in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
To: National & State Desks
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Rex, President of The Children First Foundation, 914-629-3710 cell, 877-386-3236, ElizabethRexCFF@aol.com
NEWS ADVISORY, April 4 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Today marks the final leg of the Safe Haven "Save-A-Baby" Run, a journey of 160 miles from the World Financial Center at the tip of Manhattan to the steps of the Capitol in Albany. At noon, the "Children of Hope Safe Haven Torch" will be presented to Governor Pataki who will read a proclamation declaring April 4th as "National Safe Haven Awareness Day."
As stated by the National Safe Haven Alliance on its web site, "Safe Haven laws give desperate mothers a safe, legal and confidential alternative to abandonment and infanticide by providing a place to anonymously relinquish a newborn without fear of criminal prosecution. Our alliance is dedicated to serving the many safe-haven programs around the country that promote these laws."
The Children First Foundation wishes to salute and thank everyone that has worked so hard to promote and support awareness of Safe Haven Laws and Programs across the nation. In particular, CFF wants to thank Tim Jaccard and the staff of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation in New York State as well as Tom Atwood, President of the National Safe Haven Alliance headquartered in Washington, D.C.
During the past four months, CFF has helped to promote greater Safe Haven awareness in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with a fundraising event in each state:
- On November 13, 2005, CFF sponsored a family-oriented Charity Concert and Reception for Adoption in Stamford to promote and support Adoption and Safe Havens in Connecticut;
- On March 26, 2006, CFF organized another enjoyable Charity Concert and Reception in Summit, New Jersey to help support the National Safe Haven Alliance that assists safe-haven efforts across the nation; and
- On April 1, 2006, CFF co-sponsored the Westchester County "leg" of the Safe Haven "Save-A-Baby Run" (from New York City to Albany) that included a proclamation issued by the Mayor of Yonkers and over 40 runners of all ages.
Since November, 2001, The Children First Foundation has raised and awarded over $36,000 in grants to numerous Pregnancy Resource Centers throughout the Tri-State Area that promote and support adoption as a positive choice for unwanted pregnancies or newborns, including nearly $12,000 in grants to the AMT Children of Hope and $5,000 to the National Safe Haven Alliance.