Councilwoman Jane Bonner attended a dinner hosted by the St. Jude Knights of Columbus on Wednesday to listen to guest speaker Timothy Jaccard, author of the original “Baby Safe Haven Bill,” also known as the "Infant Abandonment Protection Act," speak about his experience and the work he has done for infants.
“I thank Mr. Jaccard for his tireless efforts on behalf of newborn babies,” said Councilwoman Bonner in a statement. “The work he has done saves countless lives every year by offering an alternative for women who, for whatever reason cannot care for their babies.”
According to the town, Jaccard has been employed by the Nassau County Police Department as a Police Medic for 37 years. In 1998, he founded the Children of Hope Baby Safe Haven Program, the first of its kind in the country, allowing a woman to relinquish her newborn safely with no questions asked. In 2000, he became a founding board member of the National Safe Haven Alliance in Washington, D. C.
Photo and information courtesy of the Town of Brookhaven