List of Enacted State Safe Haven Legislation
CWLA Summary for Georgia
Which babies may be relinquished?
Who may relinquish a baby?
What are the incentives for a person to relinquish a baby at a safe haven?
- Newborn child, no more than one week old
Who can accept a relinquished baby?
- Protection from Liability:
- Will not be prosecuted for the crimes of cruelty to a child, Code Section 16-5-70,
- Will not be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency, unruliness, or deprivation of a child, Code Section 16-12-1,
- Will not be prosecuted for abandonment of a dependent child, Code Section 19-10-1
What are the responsibilities of the Safe Haven?
- Employee, agent, or staff member of a medical facility
Is the Safe Haven protected from liability for its actions?
- Medical facility will notify the Department of Human Resources after the child is ready for medical discharge,
- Medical facility will be reimbursed by the Department of Human Resources for all medical costs.
Efficacy of Safe Haven -Public information
- Yes, medical facilities and employees are not liable for civil damages or subject to criminal prosecution.
- After the Department of Human Resources investigates and reports to the General Assembly about a child left in a medical facility, included in the report will be a statement about the cost effectiveness of a toll-free telephone line dedicated to providing information and answers to questions from the public and employees of medical facilities about children who are relinquished by a parent.
- Amends Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia in domestic relations. This is chapter 10A and should be cited at the "Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002."
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