Secret Safe Place for Newborns gets funding increase for statewide efforts

The Secret Safe Place for Newborns recently received a $20,000 increase in funding from the State of Tennessee.

The mission of A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, Inc. is to protect newborn infants by educating and informing women and communities of safe, secret options under the Safe Haven Law.

Shannon McCloud, executive director of Secret Safe Place for Newborns, said the agency was notified recently that it is getting $49,000 in funding for the fiscal year. The agency received $29,000 in 2010-11, she said.

“We’re definitely going to use it to increase awareness statewide,” she said. One of the things they want to increase is restroom ad posters.

McCloud said the agency has used ad posters in the Knox County area for a couple of years.

“We want to expand to other areas of the state. Those posters are in places where we can reach our target population like restaurants, bars and tanning salons,” she said.

McCloud said she would also like to get signs with the Secret Safe Place logo placed underneath the blue “H” hospital signs situated in communities throughout the state. “It will be a sign to indicate the facility is a safe haven for newborns,” he said. “Those are some of the main things we want to do. All of those programs are statewide since this is statewide funding. This funding affords us the opportunity to do all those things.”

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