Infant safe haven laws were enacted as an incentive for mothers to have a place where they can safely relinquish their babies. Safe haven laws allow the parent to remain anonymous and to be shielded from prosecution for abandonment in exchange for surrendering the baby to a safe haven. Parents can surrender their baby, up to 3 days old, with no questions asked. In order to be protected under the safe haven law you must physically hand your baby to a member of a safe haven facility.
Safe havens in Tempe include Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital located at 1500 S. Mill Avenue or any of the Tempe fire stations listed below.
• Station 1, 1450 E. Apache Blvd.
• Station 2, 3025 S. Hardy Drive
• Station 3, 5440 S. McClintock Drive
• Station 4, 300 E. Elliot Road
• Station 5, 723 E. Curry Road
• Station 6, 655 S. Ash Ave.
If there is no one at the fire station, it is important to use the red emergency phone located outside the station to call 911. Let the operator know that you are requesting to leave your baby at the safe haven at the fire station you are calling from and that no one is there. The 911 operator will notify a fire crew in the area to return to the station so that you can physically hand the baby to them. You can remain anonymous and no questions will be asked.
Watch an informational video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZyUNTpJQvs