There is a hidden secret in America.
Throw away kids.
A throw away kid is defined as A “homeless child who has been abandoned and roams the streets.”.
Usually a kid gets “thrown away” because the parents or guardians pretty much give up on parenting. Sometimes it’s because the adult wants to move on with their life and the kid gets in their way and sometimes a kid gets thrown away because the kid is acting out do to deeper issues.
What ever the case, these kids usually end up on the streets living under a viaduct doing what ever they can to make a buck and numb themselves to their issues.
There are many non-profit organizations out there that attempt to help these kids. But, since there are thousands of these kids, it would be impossible to solve all of the problems out there.
Along comes the state of Nebraska,
Like many states, Nebraska attempted to help mothers with newborns with a safe-haven law which would essentially allow mothers to abandon their “Dumpster babies” without the penalty of prosecution. It is a lot easier to foster or adopt out a newborn than say, a teenager.
Unfortunately, lawmakers could not agree on an age limit, and the law as passed uses only the word “child.”
Since the law took effect last July, more than half of the 33 children legally abandoned have been teenagers. 20 teenagers — six 17-year-olds, two 16-year-olds, six 15-year-olds, three 14-year-olds, three 13-year-olds — have been abandoned, along with eight children who were 11 or 12. Five of the children dropped off have been from out of state.
As of today, police are looking for a 17-year-old girl after she ran off when she realized her mother was taking her to a hospital to drop her off under the Safe Haven law.
Her 14-year-old brother stayed. He’s now in state custody.
All states have safe-haven laws, but in every state but Nebraska, the law applies to infants only.
The number of drop-offs has almost tripled to about three a week since Gov. Dave Heineman announced on Oct. 29 that lawmakers would rewrite the law.Nebraska legislators will convene on today to re-evaluate the safe-haven law.
And then the throw away issue will once again be thrown away.