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Saving lives. Protecting newborns.

The Safe Place for Newborns law provides a safe, anonymous alternative for mothers to legally leave their newborns in the care of others. The law was amended to expand the number of safe places and lengthen the window of time in which mothers have the option to leave their newborns at a safe place under the protection of the law.

Safe. Anonymous. Legal.

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FOR STAFF

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It’s the law

You are required to take in a newborn under the Safe Place for Newborns law as long as the newborn seems to be within seven days old and unharmed.

Confidential

Do not call the police. Do not try to identify mothers or those acting with the mothers’ permission.

Immediate care

Arrange for immediate medical care of newborns once surrendered.

Take action

Inform the responsible county agency within 24 hours of receiving newborns.

Exceptions to the law

Hospital birth
The Safe Place for Newborns law does not apply if mothers give birth in a hospital, as a hospital delivery creates a vital record, and anonymity it no longer possible at that point.

American Indian newborns
If your newborn is of American Indian decent, provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act will apply and counties will contact the nearest tribal social service office to identify the child’s family.

For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services website at http://mn.gov/dhs/

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