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Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Free Dental Care!

Need a reason to smile? We've got one for you!

There will be free dental care services available April 7 and 8 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, 476 Sherman Parkway, New Haven. The doors open at 6:00 a.m.

Mission of Mercy photo.

The Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic is open to children and adults. There are no eligibility or income requirements and no appointment is necessary. It's first come, first served.

Services include: cleanings, extractions, fillings, fluoride treatments, interim partial dentures (limited), root canals (limited), and X-rays.

This event is a project of the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach.

For more information visit www.cfdo.org.
 

Safe Havens for Parents & Newborns

This week's #SafeHavensDay, marks the 17th anniversary of the passage of Connecticut's "Safe Haven" bill, a live-saving law which enables a distressed parent to anonymously leave an infant at any hospital emergency room in Connecticut without fear of prosecution for abandonment, up to 30 days after birth. A nurse will ask the parent for their name and for medical information on the infant and parent. The parent does not have to provide that information.

The Department of Children and Families will obtain custody and place the baby with a family who is already licensed and intends to adopt the baby.

Safe Havens

Safe Haven babies are placed into homes with families that adopt the child. In one instance, a Safe Haven baby was placed into a permanent home of a relative.

The Department will provide support to the baby's new family while terminating the biological parent's parental rights so that the adoption can become final.

Since the effective date, October 1, 2000, 27 "Safe Haven" babies have been brought to an emergency room under the law.

For more information visit: http://uwc.211ct.org/safe-haven-for-newborns-act/