For Immediate Release:
June 24, 2014

Media Contact:
Griselle Marino


MDFR participates in the launch of a new public awareness campaign for A Safe Haven for Newborns

Paul Smith speaking Al Cruz speaking
Photo caption: (Left) Division Chief Paul Smith (Right) Al Cruz IAFF Local 1403 President

(MIAMI, June 24, 2014) - The Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Department (MDFR) joined, Nick Silverio, founder of A Save Haven for Newborns, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Sen. Rene Garcia and other state and community leaders for the launch a new public awareness campaign, which aims at informing pregnant young women giving birth to unwanted newborn babies about a last resort option. If a baby is seven days old or less, unharmed and left with a staff member at a “Safe Haven” hospital or fire station, there will be no questions asked and surrendering mothers can be sure to remain free from fear of judgment or persecution.  Through education and public awareness A Safe Haven for Newborns has saved 213 babies from abandonment and possible death.

The organization, based here in Miami, is spreading its message throughout Florida with a new public awareness campaign through billboards, many donated by the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA), new public service announcements, community presentations and a social media campaign.

For more information, please contact MDFR’s Public Affairs Bureau at 786-331-5200.


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