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Utah Newborn Safe Haven

If you are a parent of a newborn and you are struggling, you are not alone. There are resources available to help you. You don't have to hurt or abandon your baby. 

The Utah Newborn Safe Haven law allows you to give up custody of your newborn at any hospital in the state, no questions asked. The baby will receive the care they need in a forever home. No names, blame, or shame- only love and support. 

You can also find resources about adoption or other parenting options on the FAQ page. 

There is no shame or blame in using the Safe Haven law. It is there to protect your baby and give you a chance to get the help you need.


Utah's Safe Haven Law

Utah Code Ann. Sec. 62A-4a-802

A parent or their designee can safely and legally give the newborn to hospital staff.

Hospital staff will accept the newborn and they may ask if the newborn's medical history is available.

Giving a medical history is optional. Hospital staff will offer a form to fill out if the parent wishes to provide medical information about the newborn.

Hospital staff will provide medical care to the newborn and will notify Utah Department of Human Services Division of Child and Family Services.

Hospital staff will prepare a birth certificate for the newborn and file the paperwork with the Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics.

Utah Division of Child and Family Services will assume care and custody of the newborn and will make sure that the newborn has not been identified as a missing child.

Utah Division of Child and Family Services will immediately place the newborn into a safe, loving home and will file a petition to end parental rights.

Utah Division of Child and Family Services, with the Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics, will do a search within the Paternity Registry for unmarried biological fathers.

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