Safe Haven Laws – NV

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Safe Haven Laws – NV
NV

Infant’s Age
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 432B.630
A child who is or appears to be no more than 30 days old may be surrendered.


Who May Relinquish the Infant
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 432B.630
A parent of the child may voluntarily deliver the child to an emergency services provider.
The parent shall leave the child:
• In the physical possession of a person who the parent has reasonable cause to believe is an employee of the provider
• On the property of the provider in a manner and location that the parent has reasonable cause to believe will not threaten
the physical health or safety of the child and shall immediately contact the provider, through the local emergency telephone
number or otherwise, and inform the provider of the delivery and location of the child


Who May Receive the Infant
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 432B.630
A provider of emergency services shall take immediate possession of a surrendered child. The term ‘provider of emergency services’
includes:
• A hospital, an obstetric center, or an independent center for emergency medical care
• A public firefighting agency, including, without limitation, a volunteer fire department
• A law enforcement agency
• An ambulance service
Responsibilities of the Safe Haven Provider
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 432B.630
A provider of emergency services who takes possession of a child shall perform any act necessary to maintain and protect the
physical health and safety of the child. If the provider is a public firefighting agency or a law enforcement agency, the provider shall
immediately arrange the safe delivery of the child to a hospital, an obstetric center, or an independent center for emergency medical
care.
As soon as reasonably practicable but no later than 24 hours after the provider takes possession of the child, the provider shall
report that possession to an agency that provides child welfare services and, if the provider is not a law enforcement agency, to a law
enforcement agency. The law enforcement agency shall notify the clearinghouse of missing and exploited children and investigate
further, if necessary, using any other resources to determine whether the child has been reported as a missing child. Upon conclusion
of the investigation, the law enforcement agency shall inform the agency that provides child welfare services of its determination.
The agency that provides child welfare services shall maintain that information for statistical and research purposes.
A parent who delivers a child to a provider of emergency services shall be deemed to have given consent to the performance of all
necessary emergency services and care for the child

Immunity for the Provider
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 432B.630
A provider of emergency services is not liable for any civil damages as a result of any harm or injury sustained by a child after the child is left on the property of the provider and before the provider is informed of the delivery and location of the child or the provider takes physical possession of the child, whichever occurs first.


Protection for Relinquishing Parent
Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 432B.630; 200.508; 201.110
A parent who surrenders a child:
• Must not be required to provide any background or medical information regarding the child, but may do so voluntarily
• Unless there is reasonable cause to believe that the child has been abused or neglected, excluding the mere fact that the
parent has surrendered the child:
» Must not be required to disclose any identifying information, but may do so voluntarily
» Must be allowed to leave at any time
» Must not be pursued or followed
A person does not commit abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child by virtue of the sole fact that he or she delivers or allows the
delivery of a child to a provider of emergency services.
A person does not commit contributory neglect of a child by virtue of the sole fact that he or she delivers or induces the delivery of a
child to a provider of emergency services.


Effect on Parental Rights
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 432B.630
A provider of emergency services who takes possession of a child shall, whenever possible, inform the parent of the child that:
• By allowing the provider to take possession of the child, the parent is presumed to have abandoned the child.
• By failing or refusing to provide an address where the parent can be located, the parent waives any notice of the (protective
custody) hearing to be conducted pursuant to § 432B.470.
• Unless the parent contacts the local agency that provides child welfare services, action will be taken to terminate his or her
parental rights regarding the child.

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