Safe Haven for Newborns
If you’re not prepared to be a mom or take care of your newborn, and you don’t have anyone to ask for help, there’s a place where you can take your baby to ensure his or her safety and health. The Pennsylvania Safe Haven law, enacted in 2002 and amended in 2014, gives parents a safe, legal alternative to abandoning their baby. The law allows parents to leave a newborn younger than 28 days in the care of any Pennsylvania hospital or police officer at a police station without the fear of criminal prosecution, as long as the baby hasn’t been harmed. No one will ask questions. No one will judge you. If it’s a secret, it will stay a secret.
At Grand View Health, there is a bassinet located inside the doors to the main Emergency Department entrance for the baby to be placed. Staff will know what to do with an infant placed in Safe Haven. You can provide medical information for the baby, but it’s not required and you don’t have to answer any questions.
Information on Safe Haven can be found at www.secretsafe.org or contact the Safe Haven Helpline at 1-866-921-SAFE (7233).