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Iowa's Safe Haven Law saves another child

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The Iowa Department of Human Services reported Friday officials used the state's Safe Haven procedures for the 17th time since the procedures were enacted.

A mother gave birth to a girl at a home on October 5th, sought medical attention, and asked that the child be declared a Safe Haven baby.  The DHS does not provide more specific information to protect the identities of the parents and children.

Under Iowa's Safe Haven law, parents may give up custody of babies within the first two weeks after they are born, no questions asked. The law was approved after a high-profile case in 2001 involving a teen-aged mother in eastern Iowa who killed her home-delivered newborn.

This latest Safe Haven child is now with a foster family.

A court hearing to terminate parental rights will be held within a month.

All previous Iowa Safe Haven babies have successfully been adopted.

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