Daniel's Law

Daniel's Law was designed to give mothers in crisis a safe way to provide their babies with a loving family, with no fear of prosecution. Here's what everyone should know about Daniel's Law:

  • The law applies to infants up to 60 days old

  • If the baby has been harmed in some way, immunity may not apply

  • A person who abandons a newborn cannot be prosecuted for abandonment if he or she takes the unharmed baby to staff or an employee of a Safe Haven. Safe Havens are defined as a hospital or hospital outpatient facility, law enforcement agencies, fire stations, emergency medical services (EMS) stations, or a house of worship during the time the church or synagogue is staffed

  • DSS will have legal custody of the child and place the child in a foster home

  • DSS will immediately pursue family court action to free the child for adoption

  • The hospital will provide medical care and contact DSS

  • The person leaving the child does not have to reveal their identity

Learn more about Daniel's Law here.

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