Help Save a Life
In light of a recent story out of Indianapolis reporting the tragic abandonment of a newborn baby in a workplace trash can, I want to help spread the word about Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, which is dedicated to saving the lives of newborn babies. This law allows a person to give up an infant anonymously without fear of arrest or prosecution.
According to the law, a responsible adult may give custody of a baby less than 30 days old to any hospital emergency room, police station or fire station in Indiana.
As long as there are no signs of intentional abuse, officials will not require additional information of the person leaving the baby. The Indiana Department of Child Services website states that any knowledge of the date of birth, race, parent medical history or child’s health is appreciated.
Please help spread awareness about this important law, which has already helped save the lives of 138 infants who were left with emergency services providers since the law has been in effect.
Investing in Tourism
Indiana was recently named the best state in the nation for attracting tourists based on a Washington Post study. The Hoosier State’s tourism office gets a better return on investment than any other state, surpassing even Hawaii, Alaska and Maine.
Last year, Visit Indiana spent $2.3 million on marketing the state, and tourists spent more than $8.3 billion in Indiana. This means every tax dollar spent on marketing and promotion generated $3,635 in economic activity.
Tourism is vital to the health of our state, and we’re doing a terrific job of showcasing what makes Indiana unique. When planning your next weekend getaway or vacation spot, consider exploring a new corner of Indiana and keeping your dollars in the Hoosier State.
Our community and state has something for everyone. To look for new trip ideas, go to www.VisitIndiana.com.