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List of Enacted State Safe Haven Legislation

CWLA Summary for New York

Which babies may be relinquished?
  • Child must not be more than 5 days old.
Who may relinquish a baby?
  • Person:
    • With the intent that the child be safe from physical injury and cared for in an appropriate manner.
    • Leaves the child with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and promptly notifies an appropriate person of the child's location.
What are the incentives for a person to relinquish a baby at a Safe Haven?
  • Protection from Liability:
    • Affirmative defense to prosecution for abandonment or endangering the welfare of a child.
Who can accept a relinquished baby?
  • Appropriate person.
Efficacy of Safe Havens - Public Information Campaigns
  • Office of Children and Family Services shall develop and implement a public information program to inform the public of the provisions of the law. May include:
    • Educational and informational materials in print, audio, video, electronic, or other media.
    • Public service announcements and advertisements.
    • Establishment of toll-free hotlines to provide information.
  • Amends the social services law and the penal law in relation to abandoned infants.

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