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Baby boy declared 19th Safe Haven baby

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Officials with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) are using the state’s Safe Haven procedures for the 19th time since the law went into effect in 2001.

According to a press release, a baby boy was born June 14 at an Iowa hospital, and his mother immediately asked that the child be declared a Safe Haven baby.

The baby was released to the custody of the DHS, and a court hearing to terminate parental rights will be held within a month.

“Iowa’s Safe Haven procedure is once again showing how it can protect a newborn whose mother is in crisis,” DHS Director Charles Palmer stated in a press release.

Under Iowa’s Safe Haven law, parents may give up custody of babies who are two weeks old or younger with no questions asked.

As usual in Safe Haven cases, specific details are withheld in order to protect the identity of the parents and child.

In all previous cases, Safe Haven babies have been successfully adopted.

The Safe Haven law was approved in 2001 after a teen mother in eastern Iowa killed her newborn after delivering him at home.

Related content: http://dhs.iowa.gov/safe-haven
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