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Safe Havens for Babies
Not all women who get pregnant are ready to raise a child. Sometimes they see no options except to abandon the baby. Safe Havens provides a new option. It allows a birth parent to leave a newborn infant (less than 72 hours old) with: a medical worker in a hospital; a medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization; or a peace officer at a law enforcement agency.  If the infant is left with a person at one of these places, and has not been abused, the parent will face no legal consequences for making this choice.

For more information about the Safe Havens law:

Public Children Services Association of Ohio 
Prevent Child Abuse Ohio (PCAO), is a statewide organization whose mission is to help prevent the abuse and neglect of Ohio's children by serving as an expert resource for collaboration, information and education. PCAO, a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, merged with Columbus Children's Hospital in 1993 as a result of the closure of the Columbus' League Against Child Abuse.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

National Foster Care & Adoption Directory:
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:
AdoptNet: Information, Resources and Support for Adoptive and Foster families(brought to you by the National Adoption Center):
Roots and Wings, an adoption magazine, now on-line:

Special Education Resources on the Internet:

American Academy of Pediatrics - Dedicated to the health of all children.
Parent Soup! Many links for parents and children:
Child Welfare League of America-It's Everybody's Business:
WiredSafety - Provides help and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages:
Local Mental Health Resources

Child Abuse
National Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-422-4453 (4 A CHILD)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help or questions about child abuse or child neglect, call the hotline, then push 1 to talk to a counselor.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Information

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome  
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is the collection of signs and symptoms resulting from the violent shaking of an infant or small child. It is a form of child abuse. In America every year an estimated 1,200 - 1,400 children are shaken for whom treatment is sought. Of these tiny victims, 25 -30% die as a result of their injuries. The rest will have lifelong complications. It is likely that many more babies suffer from the effects of SBS yet no one knows because SBS victims rarely have any external evidence of trauma.

Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Hotline to Report a Missing Child
(Natl. Center for Missing & Exploited Children):
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST®)
Report any information regarding a missing child to NCMEC’s Call Center. Operators are available 24-hours a day to receive sightings.
The Klaas Foundation for Children
In memory of Polly Klaas; to help protect children for generations to come.
Megan’s Law state by state
Amber Plan state by state.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - (NCMEC) Helps find missing children and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

National Sex Offender Public Registry
Provided as a public service by the United States Department of Justice.
Offenders Database:
The Web's Amber Alert System: 
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline:
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, call to talk with someone about it. Also call for more dating violence info & other resources for teens.

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates available to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

National Center For Victims of Crime Teen Victim Project
Dedicated to improving the national response to teen victims of crime.
For Kids:
Teen Central - A password-protected, safe cyber-space for teens to work out their issues, developed by experts in teen counseling and psychology.