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List of Enacted State Safe Haven Legislation

CWLA Summary for Maine

Which babies may be relinquished?
  • Child must be less than 31 days old.
Who may relinquish a baby?
  • Parent or person:
    • Expresses an intent not to return.
    • Voluntarily delivers the child.
What are the incentives for a person to relinquish a baby at a Safe Haven?
  • Anonymity:
    • The relinquisher has the right to remain anonymous.
    • Safe haven may not inquire, pressure, or coerce the relinquisher for the identity of the relinquisher or the child's family.
  • Protection from Liability:
    • Affirmative defense to the crime of abandonment.
Who can accept a relinquished baby?
  • Emergency Room of a Hospital
  • Hospital Staff Member
  • Firefighter
  • Police Officer
  • Medical Services Provider
What are the responsibilities of a Safe Haven?
  • May not inquire, pressure, or coerce the relinquisher for the identity of the relinquisher or the child's family.
Care for the Child/Placement for Adoption
  • Department shall immediately take custody of the child.
  • File a termination of parental rights petition within 21 days of taking custody of the child.
  • The relinquishing parent waives parental rights.



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