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Tramon Williams – Packers cornerback promotes safe haven law

June 15, 2011

June 14, 2011 | Aaron Martin | www.brookfieldnow

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams and his wife, Shantrell, visited Brookfield on Saturday to help promote Wisconsin’s safe haven law for newborn babies.

The Safe Place for Newborns Baby Parade and Walk held Saturday at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts was organized by Wheaton Franciscan Health Care.

More than 200 participants from around the state – including First Lady Tonette Walker – gathered to raise funds and awareness for the safe haven law, which is in its 10th year.

The Safe Place for Newborns program, housed at Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph, allows parents to leave a baby younger than 72 hours old with a police officer, firefighter, EMT or hospital employee with no questions asked.

“Basically the safe haven law is in place to protect the lives of newborns and their parents,” said Tricia Burkett, coordinator of the program. “We have had over 100 babies saved in the 10 years since the law has been in Wisconsin.”

Lori Holly, Wheaton Franciscan public relations director, said the newborns are placed into foster care until arrangements can be made for adoption.

Proceeds from Saturday’s event are vital to the program’s survival.

“We do not get any funding from the state, so fundraising is so important to keep our program running,” Burkett said.

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