FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut State Sen. Toni Boucher recently joined several other state legislators in an effort to raise awareness of the state’s Safe Havens law.
Boucher represents the 26th District, which includes Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
If a baby is 30 days old or younger, under the Safe Havens Law a parent legally can leave the infant at any hospital emergency room in Connecticut; the parent will not face criminal charges for child abandonment.
Also, the parent is not required to give any identifying information. The Department of Children and Families will place the infant with an approved family for adoption.
“This life-saving law protects both children and mothers,” Boucher said in a press release.
“It is imperative citizens are aware that a distressed mother may anonymously leave her newborn at any hospital emergency room if she cannot adequately care for the child. She and her child will be given matching bracelets so that she may come back for the baby if she changes her mind within 30 days.”
“I hope community members will help me spread the word about this law. Many young people have no idea that it exists. By raising awareness about Safe Havens, we can save lives.”
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