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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Human Services says a newborn baby boy has been surrendered using the Safe Haven Law.

Officials say the boy was born June 14th at an Iowa hospital and the child’s mother immediately asked that he be declared a Safe Haven baby. The program allows parents to give up custody of a child up to 14 days old without any questions being asked.

DHS Director Charles Palmer says, “Iowa’s safe haven procedure is once again showing how it can protect a newborn whose mother is in crisis.”

The newborn is in the custody of DHS and a hearing to terminate parental rights will be held within a month.

This is the 19th child that has been a Safe Haven baby. Back in April, another baby boy was given up by his parents.


  • Jean & Mike Morrisey

    The key to this story is that a young woman made a very tough decision, and did what was right for her. She still may return to get the help she needs and reunite with her child. The next step for advocates is to look forward to the next woman who has a similarly tough decision to make. We need to get information to her so that she doesn’t make the wrong decision, and abandons, or kills, her newborn. A team of young spokespeople will be out soon across the country to help get that info to her. The future of Baby Safe Haven laws is in the hands of these young communicators. The more young peers who see that they can go amongst their friends and discuss the simple info on the laws, hotlines and web sites, the more we will see peer to peer communications and far better awareness among teens and twenty year olds.

  • Ishmale Whale

    Although I 100% agree with the Safe Haven law, I do not trust the Dept. of Human Services to take care of them. Many children have been removed from homes the DHS said was a threat, only to be placed in foster care where they were abused more, and some were killed due to proper follow up checks not being completed.

  • Kate Kelley

    What a courageous young woman. She just made the most difficult decision of her life and I commend her for that. She did the right thing in the right way. May God bless you sweet lady and your little baby. You will probably see him/her again under better circumstances. But you made the extremely difficult, but right choice for your baby.

  • Jody J

    Very Good Law In-Acted. Many don’t understand the circumstances of some, that use the Safe Haven Law. I just hope that D.H.S. does their part and find a loving, caring, home for these beautiful babies.

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