WHAT IS SAFE HAVEN FOR NEWBORNS?
Florida’s Safe Baby Law allows mothers and/or fathers, or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn approximately 7 days old or less, to leave them in the “arms” of an employee at any Hospital or staffed 24/7 Fire Rescue Station, or Emergency Medical Station. No questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution.
What are the rules under the Safe Haven law?
- The infant must be approximately seven days old or younger
- The infant cannot have been abused or neglected
- The infant must be left at a “Safe Haven” location
- The infant must be left in the hands of staff at a “Safe Haven” location
Where can I find a Safe Haven location?
Many hospitals, fire stations and ambulance stations will have a sign that identifies their building as a Safe Haven location. However, you may leave your infant in the hands of staff at any hospital emergency room, fire station, or ambulance station. Please make sure you tell them that you are leaving your infant in a “Safe Haven”.
<—This is what a Safe Haven location identification sign may look like.
What if I want more information on Safe Haven for Newborns?
The Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties, Inc. can provide you with written “Safe Haven for Newborns” materials to help you make a safe and educated decision for your baby. You may also click here to visit the Safe Haven for Newborns website or call the 24-hour helpline at 1-877-767-BABY x 2229. The helpline is confidential and toll-free and assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Creole.