Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns

Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns

Provider: ANTELOPE VALLEY HOSPITAL

The hospital provides safe haven services for people of all ages in Los Angeles County. Services include safe havens for abandoned newborns. There are no geographic restrictions.

Under the Safe Haven Law, this county designated site accepts newborn babies up to 72 hours old from parents or individuals with lawful custody who want to anonymously relinquish their child. After 72 hours individuals are not protected under the law. Designated emergency room staff attempt to place a numerically matching ID bracelet on the individual and the baby, and individuals have up to 14 days to reclaim their child. Women who have just given birth may receive emergency medical attention without the threat of criminal prosecution; however, confidentiality will be compromised. Individuals who surrender a newborn in accordance with the Safe Haven Law are immune from criminal liability for child abandonment. APPLICATION PROCEDURE To surrender a newborn baby under the Safe Haven Law, walk in to the emergency room and ask for a designated employee who can accept the child. Designated hospital staff encourage individuals to complete a family medical history questionnaire; however, it is not required. Within 14 days of surrender, a parent or individual with lawful custody may speak to a social worker about reclaiming the child at the hospital where the baby was surrendered. FEES/PAYMENT SOURCE There are no fees to surrender a newborn baby under the Safe Haven Law.
Application Procedure
Service Condition Fee

Free

Free

Address

Lancaster , CA 93534 (Physical)

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Service hours
Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day.

Service/Intake

(661) 949-5000 (Main Number) (661) 949-5250 (Mental Health Services) (661) 726-6210 (Family Resource Center/Health Ed.) (888) 942-9675 (888 WIC WORKS (State WIC Number))

TDD

(661) 945-5772 (TDD in ER)

Administrative

(661) 949-5533
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