Families Clamor to Adopt Abandoned Newborn

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baby's handA baby left at a Grand Forks, N.D. fire station is inspiring families from as far away as Minnesota to call and email the local newspaper, offering to adopt the little girl.

A firefighter working outside the station shoveling snow found the girl in a cardboard box. Police are still looking for the mother. According to North Dakota's "Safe Haven" law, parents can leave a child at a hospital and not face criminal charges, if the baby is unharmed.

Just hours after the story was reported in the Grand Forks Herald, a Lake Park, Minn. woman emailed the newspaper to inquire about adopting her. "I want to adopt this baby girl, if no one else wants her," the email read. Lake Park is about 110 miles from Grand Forks.

That same day, four other families contacted the Herald to ask about taking the little girl into their homes.

State authorities said it's likely that the baby will be placed on an adoption track, but that won't happen until police can determine whether or not the mother gave her up willingly.

What -- or who -- could drive a parent to drop off a brand-new baby in a cardboard box in the dead of winter? I don't think anyone can answer that question, with the possible exception of the child's mother. What we can say for certain is that the four families who called and offered to take that girl-baby in without knowing anything about her are proof-positive that goodness still exists.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.