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Updated: 11/16/2013 08:00:02AM

Couple proves safe havens work

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Adoptive parents Don and Sarah, who asked their last name be withheld, showed their son as living proof that Safe Haven works. They adopted their 3-month-old son when he was a scant 4 days old after he was left by his birth mother at a fire station in an east coast community

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

State Sen. Kelli Stargel attended Wednesday's Safe Haven Coalition meeting to ensure legislative support of the group's efforts to save newborn infants.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Nick Silverio, founder of Florida's Safe Haven for Newborns, told the Polk Coalition that 202 babies had been saved since the Safe Haven law was passed in 2000.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey talks to Polk Safe Haven Coalition members at a Wednesday meeting to raise awareness of the Safe Haven law and let pregnant women know what Polk County agencies can help them.

State Sen. Kelli Stargel

By CATHY PALMER

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The proof is in the pudding and on Wednesday, a young east coast Florida couple was cradling the proof that Safe Haven works.

The young couple, identified only as Sarah and Don, cuddled their cherubic 3-month-old adopted son and told the Polk Safe Haven Coalition, a blend of some 40 agencies linked through the efforts of Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey, what a blessing he was.

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