News Details

Safe Haven for Babies

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law (also known as the Safe Haven Law) allows a parent or person with lawful custody to surrender a baby to any Safe Haven site, within 72 hours of birth, without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.  Safe Haven sites within the City of Mountain View include all private or public hospital emergency rooms and fire stations. A baby can be safely surrendered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When a baby is surrendered, a bracelet is placed on the baby for identification and a matching bracelet given to the parent.  This bracelet helps re-unite the child and parent if the parent changes his or her mind within 14 days.  During this two-week period, the person who surrendered the child can return to the Safe Haven site to start the process of reclaiming the child.

Safe Haven sites in Mountain View as designated by the County Board of Supervisors:

Santa Clara County provides information on the Safely Surrendered Baby Law in both English and Spanish.