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Infant Safe Haven Laws
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2013|
Current Through February 2013
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Discusses State laws that provide safe places for parents to relinquish newborn infants. The purpose of these laws is to prevent these babies from being abandoned at places where they may come to harm. It discusses the responsibilities of providers who accept the infants, their immunity from liability, their legal protections from prosecution for the parents, and the effect of relinquishment on parental rights. The document also includes summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Who May Leave a Baby at Safe Haven
Safe Haven Providers
Responsibilities of Safe Haven Providers
Immunity From Liability for Providers
Protections for Parents
Consequences of Relinquishment
Summaries of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Infant safe haven laws. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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