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List of Enacted State Safe Haven Legislation

CWLA Summary for Georgia

Which babies may be relinquished?
  • Newborn child, no more than one week old
Who may relinquish a baby?
  • Mother
What are the incentives for a person to relinquish a baby at a safe haven?
  • 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
Who can accept a relinquished baby?
  • Employee, agent, or staff member of a medical facility
What are the responsibilities of the Safe Haven?
  • 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.
Is the Safe Haven protected from liability for its actions?
  • Yes, medical facilities and employees are not liable for civil damages or subject to criminal prosecution.
Efficacy of Safe Haven -Public information
  • 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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