Nebraska's recent safe haven law was intended to allow parents to anonymously leave infants at a hospital without being prosecuted. The idea was to protect infants. But so far not one infant has been dropped off, and of the 34 children dropped off all but six were over the age of ten. Lawmakers are scrambling to redo the law with a 30 day age limit attached and are imploring parents not to dump their teens in Nebraska. Read the full story here.

How do you react to this situation?

I personally am appalled that a parent would abandon a child, but understand that perhaps that could be the best thing for the kid in the long run. My question is, what resources do these families have to deal with their struggles? Are there any good options available to help them work through whatever they are facing? Is this a discipline issue, an economic issue, a self-centeredness issue, a total lack of support issue? Where truly can struggling parents turn that works with them without simply condemning them for wanting to abandon their kids or for having sex and a kid in the first place? What is the role of the church in these situations?


posted by Julie at 12:45:00 PM |


At November 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM, Blogger Maria

I've heard this story several times in the news ... it's appalling that someone would abandon a child in this way. If I recall, most have been teens, which may say something about the kind of support these parents might need. Problems that they managed to muddle through take on a different aspect in adolescence -- and the culture around us tells us that kids that age are supposed to be unmanageable, out of control, etc. No wonder parents throw up their hands and give up.

I don't know what role the church can play, except that it's probably got to be a proactive one of seeking out the kids and families that are heading for this level of trouble.


At November 18, 2008 at 8:34 AM, Anonymous Pat

It seems that your take on this story is similar to mine. I think this story speaks to the total lack of support systems in most people's lives.
We were simply not created to go it alone through life...


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