Newborn Baby Boy Given Up Using Safe Haven Law

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.