Safe Haven Laws – OK

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Safe Haven Laws – OK
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Infant’s Age
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
A child who is 7 days old or younger may be relinquished.


Who May Relinquish the Infant
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
The child may be relinquished by his or her parent.

Who May Receive the Infant
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
The following entities shall, without a court order, take possession of a child if the child is voluntarily delivered to the entity by the
parent of the child and the parent did not express an intent to return for the child:
• A medical services provider, including a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner, a registered or practical nurse, and a nurse
aide
• A child rescuer, including any employee or other designated person on duty at a police station, fire station, child protective services agency, hospital, or other medical facility


Responsibilities of the Safe Haven Provider
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
Any entity to which a parent seeks to relinquish a child pursuant to the provisions of this section may:
• Request, but not demand, any information about the child, including relevant medical history, that the parent is willing to
share
• Provide the parent with printed information relating to the parents’ rights, including both parents, with respect to reunification
with the child and sources of counseling for the parents, if desired
Once a child has been relinquished, the entity receiving the child shall:
• Perform or provide for the performance of any act necessary to protect the physical health or safety of the child
• Notify the local office of the Department of Human Services that a child who is 7 days of age or younger has been relinquished, and that the entity has taken possession of the child


Immunity for the Provider
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
A medical services provider or child rescuer with responsibility for performing duties pursuant to this section shall be immune from
any criminal liability that might otherwise result from the entity’s actions, if acting in good faith in receiving a relinquished child.
In addition, such medical provider or child rescuer shall be immune from any civil liability that might otherwise result from merely receiving a relinquished child.


Protection for Relinquishing Parent
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
A parent shall not be prosecuted for child abandonment or child neglect when the allegations of child abandonment or child neglect
are based solely on the relinquishment of a child 7 days of age or younger to a medical services provider or a child rescuer.


Effect on Parental Rights
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-2-109
The entity receiving the child shall respect the wish of the parent if the parent desires to remain anonymous.
The Department of Human Services shall immediately check with law enforcement authorities to determine if a child has been
reported missing and whether the missing child could be the relinquished child.
The department shall disseminate information about parents’ rights with regard to reunification with a child, including, but not limited to, information on how a parent can contact the appropriate entity regarding reunification and information on sources of counseling for relinquishing parents

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