Safe Haven Laws – NY

, NY

Safe Haven Laws – NY
NY

Infant’s Age
Citation: Penal Code §§ 260.00; 260.10
A child who is no more than 30 days old may be relinquished.


Who May Relinquish the Infant
Citation: Penal Code §§ 260.00; 260.10
The child may be relinquished by his or her parent, guardian, or other person legally charged with the child’s care or custody.


Who May Receive the Infant
Citation: Penal Code §§ 260.00; 260.10
The child may be left with an appropriate person at a suitable location.


Responsibilities of the Safe Haven Provider
This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Immunity for the Provider
This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.


Protection for Relinquishing Parent
Citation: Penal Code §§ 260.00; 260.10
Relinquishment of the child to a safe haven is an affirmative defense to prosecution for abandonment or endangering the welfare of a child.


Effect on Parental Rights
Citation: Soc. Serv. Law § 358-a
Reasonable efforts to reunify the child with his or her parent are not required when a court has determined the child was abandoned
by the parent with an intent to wholly abandon such child.

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