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Baby safe havensIf you've just had an unwanted baby,
Don't Panic!

A new law is in place to protect you from prosecution if you leave the baby at a "Safe Place".

Also known as "Baby Moses", "Safe Place for Newborns", "Baby Safe Haven", "Safe Arms for Newborns"

Please select your state to find a safe haven for your baby. Select Your State:


 

Alabama

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
up to 72 hours
EMS Provider
Affirmative defense

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns - If you've just had an unwanted baby, Don't Panic! In Alabama Call (251) 431-5111


 

Alaska

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
None Yet      

 


 

Arizona

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 72 hours
Caregiver, including Church
Affirmative Defense

Tuscan Safe Baby Program If you're pregnant and about to give birth and nobody knows, you need to know there is help for you. This site will list phone numbers and hospitals across the state.

View the legislation in Arizona


 

Arkansas

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 30 days
Medical Providers or Police Dept.
Affirmative Defense

 


 

California

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 72 hours
Hospital Emergency Rooms
Immunity

Garden of Angels, Inc. and Safe Arms for Newborns P.O. Box 1776
Yucaipa Ca 92399
Tel: (909) 446-0535
Fax (909) 446-0583,
E-mail:debi@gardenofangels.org

Project Cuddle, Inc.
2973 Harbor Blvd., #326
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel: 714-432-9681
Toll Free Hotline: 1-888-6-CUDDLE
E-mail: info@projectcuddle.org

Project Cuddle not only helps find safe, legal options instead of abandonment, but also share information about the law in your state and offer volunteers, medical help, shelter, homestudy, ready adoptive families, and more.

 


 

Colorado

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 30 days
Emergency Room or Fire Dept.
Affirmative Defense

 


 

Connecticut

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
October 2000
Up to 30 days
Hospital Emergency Room
Affirmative Defense

Dial Infoline - 211

Or Contact DCF (Department of Children & Families)


 

Delaware

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
       

 


 

District Of Columbia

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
       

 


 

Florida

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 72 hours
Hospital or Fire Dept.
Affirmative Defense

A Safe Haven for Newborns
24 HOUR HELPLINE: 1-877-767-BABY
E-Mail: safehaven@asafehavenfornewborns.com


 

Georgia

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
May 15, 2002 no more than one week old 'Medical facility' shall mean any licensed general or specialized hospital, institutional infirmary, health center operated by a county board of health, or facility where human births occur on a regular and ongoing basis which is classified by the Department of Human Resources as a birthing center, but shall not mean physicians´ or dentists´ private offices.
shall not be prosecuted

'Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002'


 

Hawaii

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
None Yet      

 


 

Idaho

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 30 days
Medical Provider
Immunity

 


 

Illinois

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001 unharmed infant under 72 hours old Hospitals, Staffed Fire Stations, police departments and Emergency Care facilities The state promises anonymity to the relinquishing parent(s) and guarantees of
Immunity from prosecution for the parent that complies with the law.

Save Abandoned Babies Foundation
Save Abandoned Babies Foundation
55 E. Erie Street, #2905, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone 312-440-0229
Fax 312-400-0805

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

 


 

Indiana

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 30 days
EMS Provider
Affirmative Defense

Newborn Lifeline Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 220, Pekin, Indiana 47165
Office Phone Number: 1-812-967-1234
E-mail: newbornlifeline@hotmail.com


 

Iowa

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 14 days
Hospital or Emergency Room
Immunity

 


 

Kansas

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 45 days
Hospital, Fire Dept., Health Depts.
Affirmative Defense

 


 

Kentucky

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
April 2002
Baby should be within the 72 hours age
With the law passage, mother's can also take babies to a fire station, police station or EMS. In KY hospitals are not always near and although Secret Safe Haven states that a baby should be taken to a hospital, there are cases that a mother can not reach a hospital so the other safe places do work.
affirmative defense

Secret Safe Haven


 

Louisiana

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 30 days
EMS provider, and although that is one way to relinquish a child, a parent can also chose to relinquish their infant (less than 30 days old) to any person at a Licensed Hospital in Louisiana, Public Health Unit, Medical Clinic, Fire Station, Police Station, Pregnancy Crisis Center, and Child Advocacy Center
Affirmative Defense

DSS/ Office of Community Services
State Office
phone: (225) 342-6840
fax: (225) 342-9087
email: abruneau@dss.state.la.us


 

Maine

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
March 22, 2002 Under 31 days Emergency Room of a hospital, or a firefighter, police officer, medical services provider or hospital staff member. Affirmative Defense

 


 

Maryland

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
May 16, 2002 Up to 3 days old

Any responsible adult such as a priest, preacher, lawyer or family physician, a hospital, fire dept., etc.

The responsible adult shall take the child to a hospital.

Immunity from prosecution

 


 

Massachusetts

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
July 2004 newborns 7 days and under hospitals, police and fire stations Immunity from Prosecution

babysafehavenyes.org
Call Toll FREE Crisis Line 1-877-796-HOPE (4673)


Michigan

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 72 hours
EMS Provider
Affirmative Defense

Safe Delivery A toll-free, 24-hour telephone line has been established to provide information on services available to a prospective parent. Call Toll FREE 1-866-733-7733


 

Minnesota

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 72 hours
Hospital
Immunity

Safe Place for Newborns No one knew you were pregnant. Now you have a baby - and you don't know what to do. Don't panic - there is a Safe Place for your newborn. Toll FREE Crisis Hotline 1-877-440-2229

Safe Place for Newborns
120 S 6th St Ste 1150
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612.317.2895
612.317.2899 - fax
lkrupp@safeplacefornewborns.com


Mississippi

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 72 hours
EMS Provider
Affirmative Defense

 


 

Missouri

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
7/2002
Up to 30 days old
Custody of a hospital staff member, firefighter, emergency
medical technician or law enforcement officer
will not face criminal charges,
as long as the child has not been abused or neglected.

 


 

Montana

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 30 days
Hospital, Police Dept. or Fire Dept.
Immunity

 


 

Nebraska

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
None yet

 


 

Nevada

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 30 days
Hospital, Fire Dept., or Police Dept.
Affirmative Defense

 


 

New Hampshire

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
June 2003 up to 7 days old a hospital or any medical facility, a church or church building, a police or fire station, or a 911 responder at an agreed transfer location There is immunity from prosecution.

 


 

New Jersey

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 30 days
Hospital Emergency Room
Affirmative Defense

 



New Mexico

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 90 days
Hospital
Affirmative Defense

 


 

New York

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 5 days
Any Caregiver-See below
Affirmative Defense

A safe haven in the State of New York is any responsible person willing to receive a newborn unharmed within 5 days and call the appropriate authority (911) for medical treatment and transportation to a hospital. -OR-

You may bring your newborn to any fire station, police station, hospital -OR-

Call AMT Children of Hope Foundation
1-877-796-HOPE (4673)

If you would like to discreetly and anonymously chat with someone online, use AOL instant messenger:

LIHotline (Crisis Counselor from the Long Island Crisis Center)

NYSafeHaven (Safe Haven pick-up team member on duty)

Office of Children and Family Services has established a
toll-free hot line at 1-866-505-7233


 

North Carolina

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
       

 


 

North Dakota

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 1 Year
Hospital
Affirmative Defense

 


 

Ohio

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 72 hours
EMS, Police Dept., Hospital
Immunity

 


 

Oklahoma

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 7 days
Hospital, Police Dept. or Fire Dept.
Affirmative Defense

 


 

Oregon

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
       

 


 

Pennsylvania

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
Act 201 of 2002, also known as The Newborn Protection Act A newborn is defined by this act as a child less than 28 days of age as reasonably determined by a physician. A parent of a newborn may leave the child in the care of a hospital providing:

* The parent expresses orally or through conduct that they intend
for the hospital to accept the child, and;

* The newborn is not a victim of child abuse or criminal conduct.

 

Parent will not be held criminally liable.

A Hand to Hold
Call for help 1-888-978-BABY

PA Department of Public Welfare
hotline for Safe Haven in Pennsylvania
866-921-SAFE (7233)


South Carolina

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 30 days
Hospital
Immunity

 


 

South Dakota

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 60 days
EMS Provider
Immunity

 


 

Tennessee

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
July 1, 2001 An unharmed newborn of 72 hours or less May be surrendered by the birth mother at a designated Secret Safe Place facility. These are defined by our law as a hospital, community health clinic, or "walk-in" clinic. The mother will not be prosecuted providing she follows the previous guidelines.

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of TN, Inc.
(865) 254-2208 Office number
(865) 982-4224 HELPLINE 24 hours/ 7 days per week.
P.O. Box 4276 Maryville, TN 37802-4276.


 

Texas

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
1999
Up to 30 days
EMS Provider
Immunity

The Baby Moses Project
P.O. Box 4642 Victoria, Texas 77903
Project Director Justin Unruh
Phone: (361) 578-6694
Fax: (361) 579-0408
Email: bmp@babymoses.org


 

Utah

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 30 days
Hospital
Immunity

 


Vermont

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
None Yet      

 


 

Virginia

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
       

 


 

Washington

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
April 3, 2002 72 Hours or less Hospital Emergency Room or Fire Department with active personnel not subject to criminal liability

View the law for Washington


 

West Virginia

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2000
Up to 72 hours
Hospital
Affirmative Defense

 


 

Wisconsin

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Year Enacted
Age of Child
Safe Haven Location
Prosecution?
2001
Up to 72 hours
EMS, Police Dept Hospital
Affirmative Defense

 

 


 

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