SAFE HAVEN

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Every year, babies across the United States are abandoned in dangerous situations where they may not survive. Safe Haven laws are in place which allow mothers to leave their unharmed infants safely at designated, safe locations, without question and fear of prosecution. Babies then can get medical care and be adopted. From the National Safe Haven Alliance: nationalsafehavenallicance.org.

In Maryland:

From the Maryland Department of Human Services website (http://dhs.maryland.gov/safe-haven/ ):

In Maryland, no one ever has to abandon a newborn baby. Under the Safe Haven law, a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can safely give up custody of their baby, no questions asked. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations, some of which are listed below.

A parent (or another adult with the approval of the mother) has up to 10 days from the birth to invoke Safe Haven anonymously and safely leave a baby with a responsible adult at a designated location. A person who invokes Safe Haven is immune from civil liability or criminal prosecution provided the child is unharmed.\

View the MD Safe Haven Brochure.

If you have questions about Maryland’s Safe Haven law, call the Department of Human Resources at 800-332-6347 or your local department of social services.

Below is a list of Safe Haven locations in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties:

Calvert County – HospitalCalvert Memorial Hospital
100 Hospital Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Calvert County – Police StationsCalvert Co. Sheriff’s Office
30 Church Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
MD State Police
210 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Charles County – HospitalUniversity of MD Charles
Regional Medical Center
5 Garrett Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646
Charles County – Police StationsCharles Co. Sheriff’s Office
6915 S. Crain Highway
La Plata, MD 20646
La Plata Police Dept.
101 LaGrange Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646
MD State Police
9500 Mitchell Road
La Plata, MD 20646
St. Mary’s County – HospitalMedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
25500 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
St. Mary’s County – Police StationsSt. Mary’s Co. Sheriff’s Office
23150 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650
MD State Police
23200 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650