Infant safe haven laws. Ever heard of them? Most people haven’t. That’s why I’d like to raise awareness for them.
“Safe haven laws generally allow the parent, or an agent of the parent, to remain anonymous and to be shielded from prosecution for abandonment or neglect in exchange for surrendering the baby to a safe haven.
To date, approximately 49 States and Puerto Rico have enacted safe haven legislation.1 The focus of these laws is protecting newborns. In approximately 13 States, infants who are 72 hours old or younger may be relinquished to a designated safe haven.2 Approximately 16 States and Puerto Rico accept infants up to 1 month old.3 Other States specify varying age limits in their statutes.4” The Child information Welfare Gateway.
Basically, you can take your child to a firestation, police station, hospital and leave them there. No responsibility, no liability, no finding an adoption agency, no child.
In some states, you don’t even have to take your own child there. A guardian, or someone with legal guardians permission can do it for you.