Police and Campus Police Station Protocol

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The Abandoned Infant Newborn Protection Act requires that every police and campus police station must accept a relinquished newborn infant in accordance with the law. After the relinquishment of a newborn infant, law enforcement personnel must arrange for the transportation of the infant to the nearest hospital. A criminal investigation may not be initiated solely because a newborn infant is relinquished pursuant to this Act unless there is evidence that the child is not 30 days old or less, or if there is evidence of abuse or child neglect. Upon receiving a newborn infant, law enforcement personnel should make a physical appraisal of the condition of the infant and if any signs of abuse or neglect are noted, the relinquishing person should be held until an investigation can be completed.

The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is grateful for the assistance of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and University of Illinois Police for developing the sample protocols found here.


Important Documents needed in the case of a relinquishment:

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SAB’s crisis line is always open.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at (888)510-BABY.



As of 2017, 3317 infants have been safely surrendered to Safe Havens nationally.

Please help us continue our passion, commitment and dedication to spreading awareness of Safe Haven laws.