FAST FACTS: Florida’s Safe Haven Law
(CBS4) — Fast Facts on Florida’s Safe Haven Law which allows a parent to leave a newborn baby at a hospital, fire station or emergency medical station, without fear of prosecution.
*Age: 7 days old or younger
*Baby may be left with a person at a hospital, fire station or emergency medical station
*Parent has the absolute right to remain anonymous and the parent is provided immunity from prosecution for abandonment if there is no abuse or neglect.
*The babies are usually placed with adoptive parents.
*117 babies have been dropped off at these sites since the law was passed in 2000.
*42 babies have been left in “unsafe places” and only 18 survived.
*Call 1-877-767-BABY (2229) for a toll-free, multilingual help line. It’s staffed 24 hours a day and all calls are confidential.