It’s been almost a year since a safe surrender site was installed at a fire hall in Strathmore, Alta.
It was the first time in Canada that such a site was opened at a fire hall, and the charity spearheading the Hope’s Cradle project doesn’t want it to be the last.
The Hope’s Cradle is an initiative to allow parents to safely and anonymously leave a child at a specific location if they feel they cannot care for them. Once an infant is left in the cradle, a silent alarm informs staff.
Jordan Guildford, the founder of Gems for Gems, described the site as a lifesaving option for desperate mothers.
“It is a ‘when’ not an ‘if’ the next baby comes,” she said.
“Now that we know that we can help this problem, that is on us, and that weighs heavily on me.”