Latest Safe-haven law Stories

2011-06-15 12:11:00

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. He noted the program exists specifically to avoid the...

2009-03-09 08:27:00

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. "Now Illinois is the first...

2008-10-15 12:00:34

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. Police in Omaha said the unidentified mother was allegedly so stressed out regarding her 13-year-old son, she left the teenager at an Omaha hospital this week with $10 and his luggage, The Detroit News said Wednesday. "Just do what you have to do and I'll check with you soon," the 38-year-old mother was quoted in a police report as telling her...

2008-10-13 21:00:02

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. "We have made a formal report of the abandonment to the Michigan Department of Human Services," Landry said, noting a 14-year-old girl from Iowa who was left last week in Omaha has been returned to her family....

2008-10-10 18:00:34

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-year-old girl from across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was left at Creighton University Medical Center on Tuesday. She was the 17th child left under a state law that took effect in July but was the first from out of state. Her...

2008-10-01 03:00:00

By Wendy Koch 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. Legislators have set up a task force to discuss changing the state's unique "safe haven" law, enacted in July, which allows parents or guardians to leave children younger than 18 at a hospital without having to explain why. All states have safe-haven laws, but the rest cover...

2008-07-01 09:00:00

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. The couple already had taken in four foster children, ranging in age from 4 months to 5 years, but they couldn't turn away a baby in need. When A Safe Haven for Newborns officials arrived on their doorstep, "they handed us a baby and said, 'You've got to name her,' " recalled Michael Lewis. Half the job had already been done...

2007-10-15 18:00:38

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Public Welfare Secretary Estelle B. Richman today reminded expectant parents and parents of newborns that Pennsylvania's safe haven law allows them to confidentially turn over unwanted infants, up to 28 days old, to any hospital as an alternative to abandonment. On Oct. 10 in Sharon, Mercer County, a newborn girl was found in the foyer of an apartment building. According to police, the child did not appear to have been born...

2007-04-04 06:00:00

OROSI, Calif. -- Residents and investigators alike ponder how a mother could abandon three newborns in two years, all in the same neighborhood of this small farming town. And they're not alone. Abandoned-infant cases like the one focusing a national spotlight on Orosi are as baffling to social service and child-advocacy experts as they are to local detectives searching _ so far in vain _ for the mother. Some estimates suggest more than 50 infants are abandoned each day in the United...

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