Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns
Provider: WEST HILLS HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER
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.
7300 Medical Center Dr.
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