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State Pushes Awareness for Safe Haven Law in April

Law protects parents surrendering infants at emergency care facilities

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Stamford, CT | Added on April 05, 2015 At 09:00 PM

The state of Connecticut wants to make sure parents understand they never need to harm an infant no matter how overwhelmed they feel.

April 2nd is the start of a state-wide initiative to raise awareness on Connecticut's Safe Haven Law, which legally protects parents who leave their baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee at any hospital emergency room in the state during regular business hours. Emergency room nursing staff will take physical custody of infants voluntarily surrendered.  

It's a law that has been on the books since 2000, allowing a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant to give up custody anonymously with no questions asked as long as the child shows no signs of intentional abuse.  

For more information on the law visit 

http://safehaven.tv/states/connecticut/

The parent can call the Safe Haven Hotline 1-888-510-BABY to receive counseling and get details on the address and directions to the closest safe haven location.

 


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