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List of Enacted State Safe Haven Legislation

CWLA Summary for Connecticut

Which babies may be relinquished?
  • Child must be less than 30 days old.
Who may relinquish a baby?
  • Parent or lawful agent of the parent voluntarily surrenders child to the safe haven.
  • Parent does not clearly express an intent to return for the child.
What are the incentives for a person to relinquish a baby at a Safe Haven?
  • Anonymity:
    • Information concerning a parent or agent or infant left with the safe haven shall be confidential, except for information regarding medical history of the child.
  • Protection from Liability:
    • Relinquishment does not constitute violation of Section 53-21 or 53-23.
Who can accept a relinquished baby?
  • Anyone on the nursing staff at a hospital emergency room.
    • There shall be a designated employee on duty at each hospital emergency room during regular business hours.
    • There shall be a designated place in each hospital emergency room where physical custody may be taken.
What are the responsibilities of a Safe Haven?
  • Take physical custody of the child.
  • May request parent or agent to provide names of the parent and/or agent and medical history of the child and parents.
    • The parent/agent is not required to provide this information.
  • May provide parent/agent with a numbered identification bracelet for the purposes of linking the child to the parent/agent.
    • Only for identification purposes; does not authorize person to take custody on demand.
  • Provide the parent/agent with a pamphlet describing the process under this act.
  • Notify Department of Children and Families of such custody
Is the Safe Haven protected from liability for its actions?
  • No mention of safe haven liability.
Rights of the Relinquishing Parent
  • Provide Information to Relinquisher:
    • Safe haven will provide pamphlet prepared by the Department of Children and Families and the attorney general, which will include:
      • Explanation of process established by this act;
      • Legal ramifications and protections for the mother or agent;
      • What will happen to the infant;
      • How to contact the Department of Children and Families with questions and the procedures for reunification;
      • The timelines involved in termination of parental rights and adoption;
      • Any other relevant information.
  • Procedure to Reclaim Custody:
    • If a person claiming to be the parent/agent of a child that was left at a safe haven submits a request to the Commissioner of Children and Families for reunification with the child, the Commissioner will investigate to see if the reunification is possible or if termination of parental rights is needed.
      • Possession of a bracelet by a parent/agent linking them to a child presumes the parent has standing to participate in the custody hearing. It does not presume maternity, paternity, or custody.
Children's Rights
  • Medical Information:
    • Safe haven staff may request medical information.
  • Identifying Information:
    • Safe haven staff may request identifying information.
Care for the Child/Placement for Adoption
  • Commissioner of Children and Families shall assume care and control of the child immediately after notification.
    • Child shall be considered to be in the custody of the department.
  • Commissioner of Children and Families shall take any authorized action to achieve safety and permanency for the child.
  • Possession of a bracelet by a parent/agent linking them to a child presumes the parent has standing to participate in the custody hearing. It does not presume maternity, paternity, or custody.



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