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Iowa DHS reports 48th safe haven baby

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) – For the 48th time since it became law, Iowa has used its safe haven procedures on a newborn boy.

The Iowa Department of Human Services reports the boy was born April 23 and released to their custody.

Through the law, parents can safely hand over custody of babies age 30 days or younger without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

“The purpose of this law is to protect the lives of newborns who are in danger of abandonment,” said Janee Harvey, DHS Division Administrator of Adult, Children and Family Services. “We want to ensure Iowans know that Safe Haven is an available option if they cannot care for their newborn safely. We recognize that these decisions are often made in the midst of crisis and the protocols are built accordingly.” 

Infants who are safe haven babies are placed with currently-approved foster or adoptive families. If you're interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.iowafosterandadoption.org.

For more information on the safe haven procedure: http://dhs.iowa.gov/safe-haven

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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