Safe Haven for Newborn Infants
In 2001, a law went into effect creating a "safe haven" for parents of newborns (those not more than seventy-two (72) hours old) who are considering abandoning the newborn. The parent, or someone acting on behalf of the parent, may leave the newborn at any Safe Haven provider without having to answer any questions. However, the newborn must be delivered to someone at the Safe Haven and not simply dropped off at the door and left unattended. Safe Haven providers include fire stations, hospitals, churches, and welfare agencies. The parent or person dropping off a newborn may remain anonymous and will not be required to answer any questions though any family past medical history will help with the care of the child and is greatly appreciated.
The El Mirage fire station is available as a Safe Haven to accept newborn infants. If someone is not available at the fire station, do not leave the newborn unattended. Please call 9-1-1 by using the phone located outside the station's main door. Once newborns are in the possession of the fire department, they will be taken to a hospital to be checked, and then Child Protective Services will be called to take over their care.
A toll-free number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for general information, counseling and medical information. Call: 1-866-707-2229.