MCHC supports the Safe Haven for Newborns public awareness campaign in Missouri and Kansas by providing information and physical resources to the community.

safe haven for newborns

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Safe Haven for Newborns

If you are pregnant, and you don’t know where to turn for help, you can call  2-1-1 OR
 (United Way Help Line). Help Line staff are prepared to answer questions and they know where the closest Safe Haven locations are, and can refer you to organizations that will help you with your pregnancy.

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.

Missouri allows up to 45 days to relinquish an infant at a Safe Haven; Kansas now allows up to 60 days. As long as the child shows no signs of intentional abuse, the parent will not be required to answer any questions, and will not face prosecution.

For complete text of the laws in each state, go to Missouri and Kansas. The revised Missouri law went into effect August 28, 2013. The Kansas law was revised in July, 2014, and again in 2018. Kansas now allows relinquishment up to 60 days.

The following are Safe Havens in both Kansas and Missouri, when staff are present:

  • hospitals
  • fire stations
  • police stations

Missouri also adds:

  • pregnancy resource centers
  • maternity homes

Kansas also adds:

  • city and county health departments

* List of Current Safe Haven Locations via United Way 211

How MCHC Helps

MCHC supports the Safe Haven for Newborns campaign in Missouri and Kansas by providing information and resources to the community.

18″ 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. NOTE: These signs are for the greater Kansas City area only, as the phone number shown goes to our local 2-1-1.

See Resources (below) for additional resources and details.

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  a message to



REPORT a relinquished infant.

REPORT an educational or outreach activity.




Safe Haven for Newborns video – created by Wyandotte County High School students, during the summer of 2018 as a public service project under the PrepKC program.  (NOTE: The Kansas law now allows 60 days instead of 45.) 

Online Safe Haven training
 available: Courtesy of  A Safe Haven for Newborns FL on-line Safe Haven for Newborns training is available for all Medical, Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement & Department of Social Services personnel in the states of Kansas and Missouri.  Check with your agency to find out whether or not the training qualifies for continuing education credits. The materials on this training resource are copyrighted proprietary software.

Safe Haven Power Point presentation


Click below for Safe Haven educational materials in English or Spanish that can be downloaded and used to inform the public about the program.


  • Lawrence Baby in Dumpster story reminds community of Safe Haven for Newborns Laws
  • The Morgan Hill Story Goes National – Rescued from a Trash Bin as an Infant: Channel 5 WMAQ, the NBC affiliate in Chicago shared Christa Dubill’s story on Monday 5/2 and the Today Show aired it on national television
  • NBC’s The Today Show aired the Morgan Hill story
  • Florida woman left in trash bin as a baby meets her rescuers
  • Media Coverage of the April 7, 2016 Safe Haven Day Press Conference:
  • Safe Haven laws by State for all of the United States
  • Safe Haven for Newborns Public Service Announcement: The FJC Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to MCHC to create a public service announcement (PSA) for public television and radio (The Bridge) at KCPT. The PSA aired all during the month of April 2015 in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click on this YouTube link to view the Safe Haven PSA video:




In order for all Safe Havens to be effective,  the following sample guidelines are provided as you develop your organizational policies and procedures.





Metal 18″ x 24″ signs are being provided free of charge, to identify officially designated Safe Haven for Newborns locations.

Please call or email for information:

Mother & Child Health Coalition c/o Anne Biswell 1734 E 63rd Street, Suite 301, Kansas City, MO 64110 (816) 283-6242 ext. 226

Please note: These signs are only for officially designated Safe Haven locations. There is no charge for the signs, but any donations are gratefully accepted.