WE SAVE BABIES’ LIVES.
Each year in the United States, way too many babies are abandoned. Despite safe haven legislation that provides parents a safe way to relinquish their infant, low public awareness has limited the laws’ effects. The National Safe Haven Alliance works to promote these laws and increase public awareness on both local and national levels.
The law saves babies from unsafe abandonment. It says that parents who do not harm their baby will not be prosecuted for abandonment if they hand their newborn to a responsible adult at a Safe Haven location. It gives a desperate parent a responsible alternative. Depending on your state, the law tells you where are the accepted locations that you can leave your baby and up to what age, with no questions asked as long as they are unharmed.
Once you get to one of the accepted locations (Hospitals, Law Enforcement Agencies, etc. depending on your state) You will need to relinquish your baby with one of the staff members at the location, and explain that you are relinquishing your infant to them under the Safe Haven Law
You might be asked to fill out some medical information and other important facts about your newborn, yourself, and the father, mainly for the reason of passing along any and all information that might be important to the adoptive parents for the infant. The person who you are relinquishing your baby to will make sure that the baby is unharmed in any way, and if that is the case, then you will be free to go with no questions asked, and no trouble.
The National Safe Haven Alliance (NSHA) supports states’ efforts to prevent infanticide and newborn abandonment through education and advocacy of the Safe Haven law. NSHA commits to supporting and assisting a parent in a crisis situation that may be unwilling or unable to care for her newborn, by providing national resources and options including parenting and adoption.
The National Safe Haven Alliance works to publicize Safe Haven laws by supporting Safe Haven organizations nationally. The organization is partnering with like-minded organizations, thus providing a compassionate and safe alternative for a parent and newborn, preventing infant abandonment.