There are many babies that are abandoned -also called foundling- around the world. “Foundling”, in this matter, is a term applied to children, usually babies, that have been abandoned by parents and discovered and cared for by others.
When a baby is abandoned, whether it is in a public or private place, the parents are terminating their care for the child. In this matter, if the child is younger than 12 months, the child becomes a ward of the state.
In order to tackle this issue, Antwerp, a city in Belgium designed a “mailbox to abandon babies”. And even though it is a quite controversial idea, many assure it gives the opportunity to guarantee the little ones a better future.
The mailbox was established by the non-profit organization called Moeders voor Moeders foundation (From Mothers to Mothers) two decades ago in the port city of Antwerp, Belgium. It has received a total of 19 babies since 2000. The plan was to allow mothers the opportunity to live the life they want by keeping them anonymous.
Even though it was a controversial idea for many assured it promoted responsibility, the State of Belgium stated that this wasn’t the case. They wanted to guarantee the little ones a better future without affecting the third party, meaning there is no type of social judgment. The only way for them to know whose baby it is is for the mother to get in touch with the foundation.
Several mailboxes were placed in order for mothers to anonymously leave their children in charge of the State. Nonetheless, the last time a baby was left in this mailbox was two years ago, after the highest number of dropouts since its creation in 2018, four babies.
Breaking The Record
It has been 2 years since the mailboxes for abandoning babies have been empty. But nothing is forever, as the Mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Weber declared.
A few days ago, a baby was left in one of the mailboxes. Mayor Bart is taking care of little baby Finn. “For now, I am the guardian of this little miracle. My daughters called him Baby Finn. Little Finn will not lack for anything”, commented the mayor.
The mayor also encouraged the baby’s mother to be part of his growth process, if she wanted so. For now, Finn is in the hands of the State and they will be in charge of finding him a family to adopt him and give him all the love he needs.
It should be noted that this is not the first mailbox of this type in Europe, since one was placed in Brussels in 2020, specifically in the Evere district, in addition to Switzerland and Germany.