Safe Place

           "SAFE PLACE" 



The City of Valparaiso decided to join the national Safe Place program and bring it to our City. Our Department has been designated to become a Safe Place.

That being said we need to be trained.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. This easily-replicated initiative involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis.

Safe Place creates a network of Safe Place locations — schools, fire stations, libraries, grocery and convenience stores, public transit, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings – that display the yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign. These locations extend the doors of the youth service agency or emergency shelter throughout the community. Youth can easily access immediate help wherever they are.
After our training Valparaiso Fire Department stations will be registered nationally as a Safe Place.   

Safe Place Website

 FAQ's of the Safe Place program
(section 1)

What is Safe Place?

Safe Place is a community program where youth agencies, local businesses and local government partner to create a network of places where youth in crisis can get immediate help. The Safe Place community assures a 24/7 option is available for young people.

How can I recognize a Safe Place?
Safe Place sites are identified by the bright yellow and black diamond-shaped “Safe Place” signs or decals.

What types of locations are Safe Place sites?
Fire stations, libraries, fast food restaurants, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, buses (mobile Safe Places), convenience stores, and other businesses all serve as Safe Place sites in different communities. Look for the sign!

Who should use Safe Place?
Any youth under age 18 can get help at a Safe Place site.  If you are having problems at home, suffering from abuse or neglect, lost or in some dangerous situation, with a drunk or unsafe driver, or just need to talk about a problem, go to the nearest Safe Place site.

What if I go to a Safe Place site that isn’t open?
Most Safe Place sites have a Safe Place decal that says, “If Closed Call” and provides a local number to contact.  If the decal is not there, you can look for another Safe Place site that is open or call the local community crisis line.  You can also TXT 4 HELP.

What is TXT 4 HELP?
TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide service offered by Safe Place to help teens connect to the closest location where they can get immediate help and safety.
Here is how it works:
If you’re in a crisis, text the word SAFE, along with your current location (address/city/state), to the number 69866.
We’ll text you back an address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter.  In cities that don’t have a Safe Place program, you will receive the name and number of the nearest youth shelter. If there is no local shelter or safe place, please call the
National Runaway Switchboard Hotline Number (1-800-RUNAWAY).
This text service is available nationwide.

What happens when I go to a Safe Place site?
Just tell an employee, “I need a Safe Place.” The employee will find a safe and comfortable spot where you can wait while he or she contacts the local Safe Place agency. A Safe Place volunteer or agency will arrive to talk with you.

Will I have to wait long at the Safe Place site?
A Safe Place volunteer or agency staff member should arrive within 20-30 minutes.

What happens when the Safe Place volunteer arrives?
The volunteer will talk with you and help you figure out your options. The volunteer will be happy to take you to a youth shelter or counseling agency if you would like additional assistance.

Do I have to go to a shelter if I go to a Safe Place site?
No. The decision to go to the shelter is voluntary.  At the shelter, no one will force you to stay.  The decision is always yours.

Will my parent(s) or guardian(s) be told where I am?
Yes, but only if you choose to go to a local shelter or youth agency. The law dictates the agency must contact your legal guardians to let them know that you are safe. Remember the counselors will be there as objective third parties should your parents/guardians arrive. If you make any allegations of physical abuse, child protective services will be contacted.

Employee Training video and Quiz
(section 2)

After you click on the link below watch the bottom (last) video.
When you start the video it will say "Fire Station".

As a group answer the questions and submit the answers collectively.

Fill out the roster sheet of personnel who attended and give to your Battalion Chief. 

Video and Quiz Link

        "Block Training" 
        Safe-Haven Law

                                                     (section 3)

                        Last updated 10 days ago from Wikipedia, (06-26-12)

Safe-haven laws (also known in some states as "Baby Moses laws") are statutes in the United States that decriminalize the leaving of unharmed infants with statutorily designated private persons so that the child becomes a ward of the state. "Safe-haven" laws typically let parents remain nameless to the court, often using a numbered bracelet system as the only means of linking the baby to the mother. Some states treat safe-haven surrenders as child dependency or abandonment, with a complaint being filed for such in juvenile court. The parent either defaults or answers the complaint. Others treat safe-haven surrenders as adoption surrenders, hence a waiver of parental rights (see parental responsibility). Police stations, hospitals, rescue squads, and fire houses are all typical locations to which the safe-haven law applies.
Texas was the first state to enact a “Baby Moses Law” in 1999.

If interested hit the link to read the full story of the Safe Haven Law

(section 4)

Are you pregnant?
Have questions about how
Baby Safe Haven laws can help you? 


National Alliance Link:

(section 5)

The Indiana Safe Haven Infant Protection Act:

  • Allows a distressed parent to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and confidentially
  • Preserves the parent from arrest or prosecution for abandonment
  • Requires no names or records
  • Permits babies less than 45 days old to be given up at any hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in Indiana
  • Makes medical treatment and social services available to the birth mother
  • Puts the child into the custody of the Indiana Division of Family & Social Services Administration, which places the infant in a foster or pre-adoptive home

Download the Indiana Law: