Options available for overwhelmed mothers

NEW YORK (PIX11) – In the past week, there have been two tragic incidents in New York City involving babies.

An infant was abandoned on a subway station, and the other killed, allegedly by his mother. In both cases, the children’s mother said she was overwhelmed.

Authorities used these terribly sad cases to illuminate the options mother have when they feel like they have nothing else to give, and what the community can do to look out for an prevent tragedies such as these.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, vice president of children welfare and family services at the Children’s Aid Society Jane Golden, and former New York prosecutor Julie Redelman spoke with PIX11 News Wednesday about help available to overwhelmed parents. (WATCH IT ABOVE)

New York is a Safe Haven state, meaning babies up 30 days old can be left with any responsible person at a suitable location, like a fire house, police station or designated hospital. It’s entirely anonymous and a mother will not be probed about her decision to relinquish her infant, as long as the baby has not been abused.

Click here for a list of Safe Haven hospitals in New York.

Click here to find a Safe Haven location in New York.

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