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We have a safe place for your newborn. Newborns brought to a designated safe haven location will be cared for immediately. You will not be forced to talk to anyone or answer questions. The police will not be called. Your baby will get medical care and the process of adoption will begin.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions . . .
HOW DOES THE LAW WORK?
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.
WHAT DO I SAY WHEN I LEAVE MY BABY?
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 anyway, and if that is the case, then you will be free to go with no questions asked, and no trouble.
IS SAFE PLACE THE SAME AS SAFE HAVEN?
NO. Businesses and community buildings such as fire stations, gas stations and libraries are designated as “Safe Place” sites. Any youth in crisis can walk into one of the nearly 20,000 Safe Places across the country and ask an employee for help. These locations display the yellow, diamond-shaped Safe Place sign on their location. (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Safe_Place)
CAN A BABY BE DROPPED OFF AT A GAS STATION OR ANY SAFE PLACE LOCATION?
HOW CAN I ADOPT A SAFE HAVEN BABY?
Each state has a different process for adopting a Safe Haven infant. Contact state Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to obtain Safe Haven adoption process, this is the best place to begin. Newborns are placed with approved DCFS foster family or a DCFS approved Adoption Agency. An individual or family interested in adopting a newborn is directed to learn state Safe Haven newborn placement process, either as an approved foster family or an approved adoptive family.
National Safe Haven Alliance (NSHA) does not place a newborn for adoption or work with specific adoption agencies. NSHA leaders work with adoption agencies across the nation to respond to a crisis situation for a parent in need.
CAN A MOTHER OR PARENT GET BABY BACK?
Safe Haven law provides an anonymous and confidential safe place for a newborn when a mother or parent is unable or unwilling to care for the baby. The intent is that a parent would not return for the newborn. If a situation does occur that a parent wishes to reclaim the baby the parent would contact Department of Child and Family Services to initiate this process and consider obtaining legal assistance to regain custody of child.
For a father that believes his newborn may be relinquished using Safe Haven law, contact state putative fathers registry to register for notification and instructions.
IS THE SAFE HAVEN LAW THE SAME IN EVERY STATE?
Every state does have a Safe Haven law, the law may be called something different such as “Safe Surrender”, “Safe Baby Haven”, “Baby Moses” and a “Safe Place for Newborns” these are examples of different names referring to Safe Haven law and programs. Safe Haven laws are different for every state.
Please refer to www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org and use interactive map on website to identify and locate Safe Haven providers in each state.