Latest Safe-haven law Stories
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the tragic death of a newborn in northeastern Pennsylvania last week, acting Secretary of Public Welfare Gary Alexander today reminded parents that Pennsylvania's Safe Haven program provides a safe and confidential option to protect infants. "Safe Haven allows parents to drop off a newborn at any hospital in Pennsylvania with no questions asked," Alexander said.
CHICAGO, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illinois was the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring every hospital, fire station, police station and emergency medical facility that is required to accept a relinquished newborn infant in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act to post a uniform sign in a conspicuous place on the exterior of the building informing persons that a newborn infant may be relinquished at that location.
A Detroit mother drove to Nebraska in order to abandon her teenage son under the state's safe haven law because she was stressed, police allege.
A 13-year-old Michigan boy was abandoned Monday in Omaha under Nebraska's safe-haven law, said state health and human service officials. The boy's mother left him at Creighton University Medical Center, said Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services.
By JEAN ORTIZ OMAHA, Neb. - An Iowa teenager who was abandoned at an Omaha hospital under Nebraska's safe-haven law is back home, in part because the grandparents who dropped her off soon changed their minds, a county official said.
The 14 children abandoned at Nebraska hospitals last month have been placed with relatives, put in foster care or admitted to hospitals as debate grows over whether struggling families can get enough help.
By Gary Taylor, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jul. 1--Lori and Michael Lewis had never heard of Florida's safe-haven law when they received a call asking them to take a newborn into their Fort Lauderdale home in June 2003.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Public Welfare Secretary Estelle B.
Some estimates suggest more than 50 infants are abandoned each day in the United States. Theories abound about why a woman would desert a newborn in some public place -- or worse -- without knowing whether her child will live or die.
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