Safe Haven Laws – WA

, WA

Safe Haven Laws – WA
WA

Infant’s Age
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
A newborn may be relinquished. The term ‘newborn’ means a live human being who is younger than 72 hours old.


Who May Relinquish the Infant
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
The newborn may be relinquished by his or her parent.


Who May Receive the Infant
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
The parent may leave the infant with a qualified person at an appropriate location. An appropriate location includes:
• The emergency department of a licensed hospital during the hours the hospital is in operation
• A fire station during its hours of operation and while fire personnel are present
• A federally designated rural health clinic during its hours of operation
A qualified person includes:
• Any person that the parent transferring the newborn reasonably believes is a bona fide employee, volunteer, or medical
staff member of the hospital who represents to the parent transferring the newborn that he or she can and will summon
appropriate resources to meet the newborn’s immediate needs
• A firefighter, volunteer, or emergency medical technician at a fire station who represents to the parent transferring the
newborn that he or she can and will summon appropriate resources to meet the newborn’s immediate needs
A federally designated rural health clinic is not required to provide ongoing medical care of a transferred newborn beyond that
already required by law and may transfer the newborn to a licensed hospital. The federally designated rural health clinic shall notify
child protective services of the transfer of the newborn to the hospital.


Responsibilities of the Safe Haven Provider
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
The qualified person at an appropriate location shall:
• Attempt to protect the anonymity of the parent who transfers the newborn
• Provide an opportunity for the parent to anonymously give such information as the parent knows about the family medical
history of the parents and the newborn
• Provide referral information about adoption options, counseling, appropriate medical and emotional aftercare services,
domestic violence, and legal rights to the parent seeking to transfer the newborn
• Notify child protective services within 24 hours after receipt of the newborn


Immunity for the Provider
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
A hospital, federally designated rural health clinic, or fire station and its employees, volunteers, and medical staff are immune from
any criminal or civil liability for accepting or receiving a newborn under this section.


Protection for Relinquishing Parent
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
A parent of a newborn who transfers the newborn to a qualified person at an appropriate location is not subject to criminal liability
for abandonment of a child.

The qualified person at an appropriate location shall not require the parent to provide any identifying information in order to transfer
the newborn.


Effect on Parental Rights
Citation: Rev. Code § 13.34.360
Child protective services shall assume custody of the newborn within 24 hours after receipt of notification

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