Pregnant? Need help? Keep reading!
The law saves babies from unsafe abandonment. The law states that parents who do not harm their infant 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.
Option 1: Parenting
If you want to speak with someone about parenting your baby our helpline staff will connect you with the nearest pregnancy resource clinic. Pregnancy Resource Centers offer resources and support. Go to the link below to find your nearest location and the kind staff will assist with ultrasound, parenting programs, and local community resources available.
Option 2: Temporary Placement
Temporary Placement provides a short-term solution for parents in need who are not looking to surrender a child. For temporary placement options that support children of all ages and help keep families together, please contact the Safe Families Program for more information.
Option 3: Adoption
NSHA uses a rotating list of adoption agencies and we are able to connect you with adoption agencies all across the country. We offer the ability to find answers to questions about the many adoption plans available to choose a placement option that is comfortable for you and your situation.
Option 4: Safe Haven
NSHA' Crisis Hotline staff can provide Safe Haven locations near to you and discuss this option in more detail. Please call 1-888-510-2229 to learn about your state's Safe Haven Law. The baby will either be placed through the Department of Child and Family Services with a foster-to-adopt family or directly with an adoption family depending on state law.