GLORIA M SILVERIO FOUNDATION, 501(c)(3)

Saving Lives, One Baby at a Time

aka A Safe Haven for Newborns   |   Miami, FL   |  www.asafehavenfornewborns.com

Mission

A Safe Haven for Newborns is dedicated to saving the precious lives of newborns from the dangers of abandonment and assisting pregnant girls/women in crisis.

Ruling year info

2001

Founder

Nick E. Silverio

Main address

6955 NW 77TH Avenue Suite 302

Miami, FL 33166 USA

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EIN

65-1075409

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Mission: A Safe Haven for Newborns is dedicated to saving the precious lives of newborns from the dangers of abandonment and assisting pregnant girls/women in crisis. Our Vision: To eliminate infant abandonment in Florida thru education, prevention and community involvement and to assist pregnant girls/women to realize a productive future. The Organization – About a Safe Haven for Newborns: The Gloria M. Silverio Foundation 501(C)(3) was founded in 2001 in response to the crisis of child abandonment. The Florida Safe Haven law is a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant. Instead of abandoning a newborn to an almost sure death, it allows mothers, fathers or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn, approximately seven days old or less, to leave them at a Safe Haven facility: Any Hospital, Staffed 24/7 Fire Rescue Station, or Staffed 24/7 Emergency Medical Service Station, with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Public Awareness Outreach

Provide community outreach and education through outreach coordinators to promote the Safe Haven for Newborns message to youth, parents, potential parents, the media and the communities.

Activities: Statewide outreach activities to date are listed by categories as follows:

1) Education (middle/high schools – public & private; colleges/universities and trade schools)
2) Crisis pregnancy centers

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our 24/7 multilingual Hotline handles over 2,000 calls annually. All calls are confidential; everyone is helped.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Required community service hours for all high school and higher education students can be earned through our community service app. throughout the state of Florida.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Heroes Among Us 2014

People Magazine

Heroes Among Us 2014

People Magazine

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of undesirable activities stopped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Community Public Awareness Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Community Public Awareness Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Public Awareness Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To eliminate the ultimate in infant abuse, abandonment.
A Safe Haven for Newborns was founded in response to the tragedy of newborn abandonment in Florida.

The Gloria M. Silverio Foundation, a 501(c)3, not for profit organization established A Safe Haven for Newborns in 2001 as a statewide program with its headquarters in Miami. Safe Haven is not affiliated with any organization; however we enjoy strong partnerships statewide.

The Florida legislature enacted the Safe Haven law in the year 2000 in response to an increasing number of newborns left to die in dumpsters, garbage cans, ditches and canals. Young mothers in crisis, who hide their pregnancies, find themselves in fear and mental distress, often with very tragic outcomes; when in a very dark moment, these young girls abandon their babies. This results in the loss of two lives; the baby and the mother who is charged with a crime.

A Safe Haven for Newborns dedicates itself to educating our community, and particularly at risk young women about the dangers of infant abandonment, Florida law allows a mother or father to surrender their unharmed newborn of seven days or younger to any fire station, EMS or hospital with no questions asked. To date, over 300 newborns statewide surrendered and saved through the Safe Haven program and over 5,000 young women helped in their time of great need.

By dialing 1-877-767-baby (2229), the caller is immediately connected to the organization’s 24/7 multilingual (English, Spanish and Creole) referral helpline and can speak with a compassionate listener who will provide guidance or referral in their time of crisis. All calls to A Safe Haven for Newborns are confidential and at no cost to the caller.

This small organization, which works only with volunteers, is passionate about reaching every mother or father in need, and saving the life of newborns at risk of abandonment; rescuing a parent from a life of guilt and legal consequences. We are overwhelmed with every newborn that is saved by our program and adopted by loving parents who are longing to have a family. We strive to raise awareness of this life saving program to every corner of the State and are encouraged by the partnerships with firefighters, EMS stations and hospitals throughout Florida; which includes the posting of our “Safe Haven" signs throughout hospitals, fire and EMS stations statewide.

24/7 multilingual helpline (English, Spanish and Creole).
Reaching those in need via billboards, social media, youtube, Speaking events at schools, fairs, and Annual Walk.
Ongoing public awareness and education campaigns.

Below are some important statistics to show Safe Haven's progress in achieving its goal of saving lives.
The entire year by year list can be found on our website. www.asafehavenfornewborns.com

In the year 2000 when Safe Haven was founded, 1 baby was left at a Safe Haven location while 3 were abandoned in unsafe places.
In 2002, 10 babies were left at Safe Havens while 6 were abandoned unsafely.
In 2005, 23 babies were left at Safe Havens while 3 were abandoned.
In 2010, 11 babies were saved by Safe Haven and 0 were abandoned unsafely.
In 2011, 13 babies were saved by Safe Haven and again 0 were unsafely abandoned.
In 2013, 23 babies were left at Safe Havens and 3 were abandoned at unsafe place.
In 2014, 10 babies were left at Safe Havens and 1 was left at an unsafe location.
In 2015, 18 babies were left at Safe Havens and 0 were abandoned unsafely.
In 2016, 11 babies were left at Safe Havens and 2 were abandoned unsafely.
In 2017, 21 babies were left at Safe Havens and 3 were abandoned unsafely.
In 2018, 23 babies were left at Safe Havens and 2 were abandoned unsafely.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GLORIA M SILVERIO FOUNDATION, 501(c)(3)

Board of directors
as of 12/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nick E. Silverio

The Gloria M. Silveriou Foundation

Charles Smith

(Emeritus) CPA & Business Consultant

Rene Garcia

Former FL State Senator District 38

Francisco Medina

Baptist Hospital Pediatrics

Efrain Sora

Global Insurance Co.

Henry Delgado

Smith & Wollensky-South Beach

Otto Drozd

Florida Fire Chiefs' Association

Jerome Hurtak

Attorney at Law

David Sanford

American Medical Response (AMR)

Julie Romero

CenterState Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/08/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data