SAFE HAVEN: Baby Boy Given Up

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The Iowa Department of Human Services says the state’s Safe Haven law was used successfully earlier this month, as a mother chose to give up custody of her newborn baby.

Officials say the baby boy was born May 12 in an Iowa hospital and the mother asked that the child be declared a safe haven baby. The child has been placed with a foster family that intends to adopt.

This is the 15th baby that has been declared a Safe Haven child since the law went into effect 10 years ago. The law allows parents to give up custody of babies aged 14 days or less, without questions.

The baby was born health. Officials are declining to release more information in the case in order to protect the identity of the parents.

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