New Safe Haven Set to Reduce Newborn Abandonment
The state Department of Children and Family Services has posted an online mapping tool called Safe Haven Facility Locator in an effort to prevent newborn abandonment. Child Protective Services Program Manager Mona Michelli says a mother can visit louisianasafehaven.com to find a place where they can give up a child less than 60 days old.
Michelli says the locator website was just launched last week but they’re hopeful mothers will use it to their advantage.
If a mother or parent is not able to locate a facility, call 911 and an emergency responder can transport the child to a facility. Michelli says there are many Safe Haven locations for a mother of a child under 60 days old to relinquish her newborn.
Michelli says it’s important to remember a mother faces no legal recourse if she follows the Safe Haven laws.