Pennsylvania Safe Haven Sites Had Rescued Five Babies in 2022

Five babies were dropped off at the state’s Safe Haven sites last year, new data from the PA Department of Human Services shows. The state’s Safe Haven Law allows new moms to relinquish babies at sites, such as hospitals and police stations, in a bid to provide a means to protect the children in situations where they might be unsafe. Since the law was enacted in 2002, a total of 55 newborns have been received as Safe Haven infants. These infants have come from 31 counties, with most relinquishments occurring in the Western region of the state (27 infants). The Central region had the second highest number of infants relinquished at 16, followed by seven in the Northeast region, and six in the Southeast region. The data was included in the state’s annual report on Child Protective Services.