Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns

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    Hospitals, health centers, police stations, fire houses and other facilities that are willing to accept, without questions, newborn babies delivered by mothers who are unwilling or unable to care for an infant and are thereby at risk for abandonment. Police reports are generally not filed and no attempt is made to contact the mother's family, even in situations where her identity is known. Infant safe haven statutes vary by jurisdiction with regard to who may leave a baby at a safe haven, the age of the baby at the time of relinquishment, the facilities that can be designated as safe havens, the responsibilities of safe haven providers, anonymity protection for parents and the consequences of relinquishment.

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    SAFE HAVENSafe Haven is a designated public place, such as a hospital, firehouse, EMS station or police precinct where a baby can be left, in a safe condition, so that it may be permanently cared for. The goal of Safe Haven is to accept an infant from a birth mother, get the infant medical care if needed, then put the infant in the adoption process.NassauSAFE HAVENAMT CHILDREN OF HOPE FOUNDATION
    SAFE HAVENOffered as an alternative to abandoning a newborn, new mothers may bring their infant to a Safe Haven within the first five days after birth. Under a new state law the parent is free from prosecution for abandonment. Third parties may bring the baby to the hospital. No questions will be asked. Confidential procedure.SuffolkSAFE HAVENHUNTINGTON HOSPITAL
    SAFE HAVENOffered as an alternative to abandoning a newborn, new mothers may bring their infant directly to Safe Haven within the first five days after birth. Under state law the parent is free from prosecution for abandonment. Third parties may bring the baby to the hospital. No questions will be asked. Confidential counseling for the new mothers also available.NassauSAFE HAVENMERCY MEDICAL CENTER
    SAFE HAVEN PROGRAMNew York State Law allows for parents, who are unable or unwilling to care for their infant, to give up custody within 30 days of birth with complete confidentiality, no questions asked, as long as no harm or neglect is involved. In Suffolk County, most hospitals, police departments and fire stations are designated Safe Havens. SuffolkRONKONKOMA OFFICESUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
    THE ABANDONED INFANT PROTECTION ACTAllows parents to leave unwanted newborns at Safe Havens such as hospitals, police stations, or fire stations. Parents face no legal prosecution provided the baby is no more than 30 days old, and the parents make sure the baby is in no danger and the authorities are notified. For more information in your area contact your local District Attorney's Office. Hotline available 24/7.THE ABANDONED INFANT PROTECTION ACTTHE ABANDONED INFANT PROTECTION ACT
    WOMAN/CHILD CARE CENTERProvides comprehensive family centered care for growing families. Offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants with medical complication, such as premature birth and low birth weight. The hospital is part of the Safe Haven network where a parent, guardian or other legally responsible person may surrender a newborn anonymously.SuffolkWOMAN/CHILD CARE CENTERST. CATHERINE OF SIENA MEDICAL CENTER

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