Safe Haven for Newborns Laws - All 50 states have passed laws designed to "protect newborn children from injury and death caused by abandonment" and exempts a relinquishing parent from prosecution, according to certain guidelines. Instead of abandoning an unwanted baby, a parent can hand an uninjured baby to someone who is on duty at an officially designated Safe Haven* location, without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

People are encouraged to call 2-1-1 OR 1-866-320-5764 (United Way Help Line) if they are considering abandoning their child. Help Line staff are prepared to answer their questions.

For complete text of the laws in each state, go to Missouri and Kansas (On the Kansas site, type in Statute number 38-2282 and then click "Get Statute.") The revised Missouri law goes into effect August 28, 2013.

NOTE: The period of time for relinquishment in the state of Missouri has been increased from 5 to 45 days.

* Missouri Safe Havens now include:
- hospitals
- ambulance stations
- fire stations
- police stations
- pregnancy resource centers
- maternity homes

* Kansas Safe Havens include:
- hospitals
- fire stations
- police stations
- city and county health departments

updated July 2013

MOTHER & CHILD HEALTH COALITION supports the Safe Haven for Newborns campaign in Missouri and Kansas by providing information and resources to the community.

24" x 24" permanent, metal signs for official Safe Haven locations to post on their premises in the greater Kansas City area are available FREE at the Mother & Child Health Coalition office. See Resources tab for additional resources and details. NOTE: These signs are for the greater Kansas City area only, as the phone number shown goes to our local 2-1-1. If you have any questions, please send an email to us at

CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS If you have any corrections to any of this information, or have anything that you would like to have posted here to share with others, please send Anne Biswell a message at

VISIT US ON FACEBOOK! Look for us under "KC Metro Safe Haven."

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In order to collect (non-identifying) information about infants surrendered under the Safe Haven for Newborns Law, we have created an online data collection tool. If you accept an infant, please click the link below to enter in details about the infant. Please note that no personal information will be collected about the surrendering parent. This information will be used only for keeping records of how many mothers and infants are helped, and evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Thank you for your help.

Report Safe Haven Baby

If you have completed an education / outreach activity, please CLICK HERE to submit a REPORT for the record. THANK YOU!


  • Safe Haven for Newborns - NEW VIDEO created by Park Hill South High School students and Riverside Police Department.

    Georgia's Story- on YouTube

  • POSTERS Click below for Safe Haven posters in English or Spanish that can be downloaded and used to educate the public about the program.
  • English poster - updated 2014
  • Spanish poster - updated 2014
  • Arabic/Somali poster, 2-sided
  • Brochure- updated 2014
  • Safe Haven pocket cards- updated August 2013
  • KCTV5 News Report Sept. 16, 2010
  • Interview Jan. 6, 2012 by KCMO Police Department CLICK HERE to see a video on YouTube.
  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Click here to see a PSA made by Kansas City Public Television (KCPT).
  • Article in Kearney Courier, April 20, 2013 - click here.
  • POLICIES - In order for all Safe Havens to be effective,  the following sample guidelines are provided as you develop your organizational policies and procedures:

Hospitals in Missouri
Hospitals in Kansas
Law Enforcement in Missouri
Law Enforcement in Kansas
Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Services in Kansas
Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Services in Missouri
Health Departments in Kansas

  • The US Dept of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has a resource site where you can find out about each state’s safe haven laws.

OTHER LOCAL WEBSITES featuring Safe Haven information:

Florida Safe Haven Program
Riverside Department of Public Safety

City of Shawnee, Kansas
National Safe Haven Alliance


Letter from City of Oviedo FL Chief of Police
KCMO Police Department's Press Release



SAFE HAVEN SIGNS: Metal 24" x 24" signs are being provided free of charge
to identify officially designated Safe Haven for Newborns locations. You can pick up a sign at the following location. Please call or email first:

Mother & Child Health Coalition
c/o Anne Biswell
6400 Prospect Ave. Suite 216 Kansas City, MO 64132
(816) 283-6242 ext. 0

Please note: These signs are only for officially designated Safe Haven locations. There is no charge for the signs.

To learn more about the Safe Haven campaign, contact Susie Girten at