Safe Place for Newborns provides a mother, who might otherwise abandon her newborn, with the option of anonymously leaving her unharmed baby, up to 72 hours old, at the emergency room of any hospital or at a staffed fire station without fear of prosecution.
No authorities will be contacted and the mother's identity will not be asked. The mother will be asked if she is willing to answer a few medical background questions for the baby's records. The mother will also be asked if she would like to receive any medical care.
The newborn's life is most vulnerable during the first hours, therefore, more urgent.
There is an escalating crisis in the United States. Mothers are keeping their pregnancy a secret, then discarding their child after the birth. Safe Place for Newborns provides an alternative to frightened women, who, in a moment of desperation, may do something drastic.
The newborn will be provided any needed medical care at a hospital. The Department of Socials Services will assume custody of the baby and follow normal child abandonment procedures.
When the mother leaves her child at a hospital, she will be given medical bracelet with a number identifying her as the baby's mother. The mother can contact Social Services, who will determine the best course of action.
They should contact Social Services.
No newborn will be turned away: however, the guarantees of anonymity and freedom from prosecution only apply to those mothers bringing unharmed newborns.
Yes, if the person is acting with the mother's permission. If the newborn is unharmed, the father or immediate family can use this program within 72 hours of birth.
The Safe Place brochure has a section entitled, "Don't Wait---Help is Available Now." Crisis Hotline numbers are listed. We hope that women call before they have their babies effectively thwarting a crisis before it begins. We also hope that the publicity that the program has received will help young mothers realize that the community cares about them and that there is help available.
We welcome offers to help! Please contact Safe Place for Newborns of Washington at 425-486-8456 or Volunteers