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List of Enacted State Safe Haven Legislation

CWLA Summary for Oklahoma

Which babies may be relinquished?
  • Child must be no more than 7 days old.
Who may relinquish a baby?
  • Parent:
    • Voluntarily delivers the child to the safe haven.
    • Does not express intent to return for the child.
What are the incentives for a person to relinquish a baby at a Safe Haven?
  • Anonymity:
    • Safe haven shall respect the wish of the parent if the parent desires to remain anonymous.
  • Protection from Liability:
    • Shall not be prosecuted for child abandonment or neglect.
Who can accept a relinquished baby?
  • Medical services provider
  • Child rescuer: any employee or designated person on duty at:
    • Police station
    • Fire station
    • Child protective services agency
    • Hospital or other medical facility
What are the responsibilities of a Safe Haven?
  • Take possession of the child.
  • May request, but not demand, information about the child. Encouraged to ask about the medical history of the child and parents (Department of Human Services shall develop a simplified form to record such information).
  • Provide parent with printed information about parents' rights with respect to reunification and sources of counseling (developed by the Department of Human Services).
  • Perform any act necessary to protect the physical health or safety of the child.
  • Notify the local office of the Department of Human Services.
Is the Safe Haven protected from liability for its actions?
  • Yes: Immune from civil and criminal liability for good faith actions.
Rights of the Relinquishing Parent
  • Provide Information to Relinquisher:
    • Provide parent with printed information about parents' rights with respect to reunification and sources of counseling (developed by the Department of Human Services).
Children's Rights
  • Medical Information:
    • Safe haven encouraged to ask about, but not demand, information about the medical history of the child and parents.
  • Identifying Information:
    • Safe haven may request, but not demand, information about the child.
Care for the Child/Placement for Adoption
  • Department of Human Services shall check with law enforcement authorities to determine if the child is a missing child.
  • Child may be taken into protective custody prior to the filing of a petition.
Efficacy of Safe Havens - Public Information Campaigns
  • Department of Human Services shall design and distribute media information to generate public awareness of the program.
Notes
  • Amends 10 O.S. 1991, Section 1107, which relates to protective custody.



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