Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the safe baby haven series
How Garden of Angels Began
One day in 1966, Debi Fanis- Cifelli was eating dinner when she heard the devastating news. Someone had thrown a baby stuffed in a duffle bag, out of a moving car onto the highway. Debi couldn’t believe what she was hearing. How could anyone treat a human life, an innocent baby like garbage?
Debi contacted the authorities and asked if she could bury the baby herself. She then learned that there was another baby boy found dead in a garbage can and a two-year-girl found dead on the beach. On August 26, 1966, the Fanis-Cifelli family buried the three children, given them the names, Nathan, Mathew, and Dora – all meaning gifts from God.
From that point, Garden of Angels was born and the word spread of this great ministry. However, it was not all that needed to be done. Debi knew in her heart that God has mandated her to help young mothers and their unwanted babies before it is too late. She had a mandate from the divine to help these kids live and help their mothers deal with the pregnancies in a more human way.
Debi Fanis-Cifelli’s mandate and her program The Garden of Angels
Debi’s statement about her program, “The Garden of Angels works passionately to prevent the tragedy of newborn abandonment through our educational and outreach programs.”
California safe haven laws
According to California safe haven laws, a mother can abandon her child up to three days after the birth to a hospital safe haven. In addition she has up to two weeks to reconsider and take her child back before for the baby is put into the system for adoption.
The Garden of Angels and Safe Arms program educates the public through flyers, public announcements, school programs, working with mothers, teenagers in school, counselors and teachers to educate teenagers about sex and the issues of pregnancy and shows them that there is another way to deal with the crisis of an unwanted pregnancy. For more information about the program and the wonderful work that it does click on this link: http://www.gardenofangels.org/index.htm
There are several sources for pregnant mothers in Montreal including:
Elizabeth House – for unwed teenager mothers.
2131 DE MARLOWE AVE
Montreal, QC H4A 3L4
There is also a wonderful resource site for all things concerning pregnancies, baby resources, and so on.