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In their ongoing efforts to support non-profits in their community, ActionCOACH Team Sage, a part of the global ActionCOACH organization, has chosen to contribute their coaching services to two worthwhile non-profits in the South Florida area – A Safe Haven for Newborns and Shake A Leg Miami.

CORAL GABLES – In their ongoing efforts to support non-profits in their community, ActionCOACH Team Sage, a part of the global ActionCOACHorganization, has chosen to contribute their coaching services to two worthwhile non-profits in the South Florida area – A Safe Haven for Newborns and Shake A Leg Miami.

ActionCOACH’s Coaching for a Cause is a far-reaching, global pro-bono coaching program that helps non-profits and charities from all walks of life increase their top-level goals and better manage their funds through a simple pledge system. 

The program is designed to bring the proven and systemized business building methodology ActionCOACHuses to help for-profit business owners run better companies – to the non-profit, not-for-profit and charitable sector of communities in which we work and live. Each week, a local ActionCOACH meets with and coaches a local organization on the issues and challenges that constrain their growth and ability to deliver services to those in need.

Doug Barra, Firm Owner and Certified Business Coach, and Catherine MacAskill, Certified Business Coach, made their choices based on their interest in the respective causes they will be supporting, as well as their belief that their particular coaching skills are a good fit.

Barra, who has five years’ coaching experience and has won numerous awards in the profession, will coach Shake A Leg Miami.  Their Mission is to use the marine environment to improve the health, education, independence and quality of life for all with an emphasis on individuals with physical, developmental and economic challenges. “Shake A Leg Miami makes a wonderful impact on people’s lives,” Barra said. “It is an honor to help strengthen such a fine organization.”

MacAskill, who joined ActionCOACH recently after spending time as a client of the organization, will coach A Safe Haven for Newborns, which assists at-risk pregnant girls and mothers.  Safe Haven provides a 24/7 multilingual, statewide referral helpline to assist pregnant girls/women in crisis.   “The young women who are helped by A Safe Haven for Newborns are at a crucial moment in their lives,” MacAskill said. “I am very excited to make a positive contribution to the them and the people who are so dedicated to helping them.”

ActionCOACH recently received two Platinum Awards for the Coaching for a Cause Program.

Save the Date

Dadeland Mall invites local ladies to unwind for a good cause at “Men of Dadeland, A Girl’s Night Out” on Thursday, November 3. From 6:30-8:30 pm, ladies are invited to enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fashion and fun.

Hosted by CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez, the holiday-inspired event will feature local male celebrities sporting some of Fall’s latest runway looks. “Models” include Jawan Strader of CBS 4, James Baron and Will Manso of Local 10 and Ivan Taylor of Telemundo 51.

This year’s leading South Florida Firefighter Calendar models will also be there to mingle with guests. All proceeds from calendar purchases will benefit Safe Haven for Newborns.

Lake Mary baby turned over to Safe Haven program
Public Broadcasting for North Central Florida
From the University of Florida

By Donna Green-Townsend – WUFT-FM

Firefighters in Lake Mary, Florida answered a doorbell today and were met with a woman carrying a baby who wanted to leave it with them under the state’s safe-haven program.  The baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation.  The safe-haven program allows parents to bring babies up to seven days old to fire stations and other facilities while remaining anonymous with no questions asked.  Donna Green-Townsend talked to the Founder and CEO of the Safe Haven For Newborns Program, Nick Silverio about today’s case and  why the program makes a difference.

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Baby in good condition after being left at fire station

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A newborn baby is safe after she was dropped off at a South Florida fire station.

Firefighters at Fire Station 43 had just returned from a call Monday night and were completing some paperwork when they heard a strange sound by their front door. "We thought it was someone's ringtone on their phone actually," said firefighter George Gochenour.

After a few seconds, the sound was identified as a baby's cry. As they approached the front door, they saw a shadow of what appeared to be a moving leg. "Sure enough, there was a baby out front wrapped in a couple shirts," said Gochenour.

The newborn baby girl was wrapped in some T-shirts with the umbilical cord and placenta attached. "She was just born, still attached to the placenta. We went ahead and clamped the cord, cut the cord on our way to the hospital," said Gochenour.

The child was rushed to Northwest Medical Center as a precaution and appeared to be in good condition.

According to Florida state law, a parent can drop off a child up to seven days old at any fire station or hospital. As a result, 159 babies have been saved due to the Safe Haven Program so far. "This little girl now has a chance for a future," said Safe Haven Program founder Nick Silverio.

Gochenour said it is a good feeling to know they saved another baby. "Knowing that we got her in time, and she was alive and well when we dropped her off, is a good feeling," said Gochenour.

Newborn girl left at Coral Springs fire station is in good health

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When Coral Springs firefighters heard the alarm Monday night, it wasn’t a siren but a baby’s cry.

Outside the fire station at 4550 Rock Island Rd. they found a newborn girl.

“She was wrapped in some T-shirts,” said Mike Moser, spokesman for the Coral Springs Fire Department.

“The child still had the umbilical cord and some of the placenta attached.”

Firefighters took the baby to Northwest Medical Center, where doctors said she was in good condition.

Then, she was taken to A Safe Haven for Newborns, a state organization that works with private adoption agencies, Moser said.

This was the second baby in about three years to be dropped off at the Coral Springs Fire Department, and the 159th in Florida to be left with A Safe Haven for Newborns since 2000.

The number of babies left at Safe Havens reached all-time highs in 2005 and 2007 when 23 babies were left at fire stations or hospitals.

But the number has steadily decreased over the past four years. So far this year, eight babies have been left at Florida Safe Havens.

Florida’s Safe Haven for Newborns Act, passed in 2000, allows mothers to drop off babies one week or younger at any hospital, fire station or emergency medical services station, anonymously, without consequences.

“All these babies get adopted,” said Nick Silverio, founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns. “They have a future. They could be the next president. They could be a Supreme Court justice. But more importantly, they will have a mom and dad.”

A healthy newborn girl was left at a Fire Rescue station in Florida.

A healthy newborn girl was left at a Fire Rescue station in Florida.

This is the one hundred and fifty nineth (159th) baby saved under the Safe Haven program. The baby girl was wrapped in a shirt and lefte at fire station #43.  The crew was on a service call and found the newborn at approx. 9:20PM when they returned. The baby was taken to Northwest Medical Center. The baby is under the Spirit of the Law. Visit our web site at

DCF Investigates Mom Who Abandoned Kids At Ft. Lauderdale Fire Station


The Department of Children and Families continues to investigate a strange domestic case where a mother abandoned her two young children at Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue headquarters.

According to police, an upset mother who had just had a fight with her husband dropped off her 1-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy at the fire station located at 528 NW 2nd Street on Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. Police found the father and he was allowed to leave the station with both of his kids who were healthy and uninjured. “

Clearly we are in the early stages of the investigation. Our main concern is the safety of the kids and they are safe with their father at this point,” says DCF spokesman Mark Riordan. Riordan added that neither the father nor the mother has a history with DCF. But the mother’s parental rights could be affected depending on the outcome of the investigation which will take at least 60 days.

Florida’s Safe Haven law only applies to children up to 7-days old who show no signs of abuse. Abandoning a child after day 7 automatically triggers an abandonment child abuse investigation under state law.

“The intention of the law was to save babies from being abandoned and a sure death and that was happening in great numbers in Florida,” says Nick Silverio the founder of Safe Haven.

There are no plans to expand the law. Silverio said,

“It’s not feasible and we don’t want to encourage people to give up their kids when they’re having a bad day. We think if they get the help they need they will keep their child.”


Police are not releasing the names of the mother or father to protect the identities of the toddlers.


Nick Silverio awarded the SFHEF Community Award
150 Newborns Rescued

Miami Herald Staff

A Safe Haven for Newborns, a statewide campaign which allows parents to anonymously leave their unwanted newborns at fire stations and hospitals, announced this week it’s celebrating the “150th child saved” since 2000.


“When we began our mission to save the innocent lives of newborns from abandonment, we said and truly believed: If we saved only one life, all of our effects would be worthwhile,” said Nick Silverio program founder. So far this year, 10 newborns have been left in safe havens, he said.

Safe Haven for Newborns News August 2010

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Baby left at Pahokee fire department. Newborn in good condition


PAHOKEE, Fla. - A newborn is in good condition at a hospital after being dropped off at a Palm Beach County fire station.The system to protect unwanted babies worked and now a newborn is out of harm's way. That's the word from Pahokee firefighters. 

On Monday night a baby was dropped off at their station. 

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