State’s Safe Haven Laws to protect unwanted babies

Yale-New Haven Hospital, July, 2014.
Yale-New Haven Hospital, July, 2014.

(WTNH)– In Connecticut, there is a law so that no one ever has to abandon a child again.

It’s called the Safe Haven Law and under it “you can leave your baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee at any hospital emergency room during regular business hours in Connecticut.”

The Safe Haven law protects unwanted babies from being hurt or killed because they were abandoned.

There will be no questions asked as long as the child shows no signs of intentional abuse. Your name or information is not required so can remain anonymous. You do not need to tell anyone. It can be done without fear of arrest or prosecution. Just locate a person to give the infant to at Safe Haven locations.

In the rare occasion you change our mind, you have a few days to come back and talk to authorities about arrangements that can be made for the baby. If you do not return to reclaim your baby, after a few months your parental rights will be terminated. The child will be adopted by a family waiting for a child.

You don’t have to be a parent to bring in your infant, you can also be a family member, a friend, a priest or minister, a social worker, any responsible adult. When a baby comes into program, authorities across the US are notified and a check is done to make sure no one is looking for the infant.

After the child will be examined and given medical treatment, if needed. The Social Services Administration takes custody through Child Protective Services. They will place the child with an appropriate caregiver.

The parent can call the Safe Haven Hotline 1-888-510-BABY to receive counseling, get details and the address and directions to the closest Safe Haven in your state.

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