Many State Legislatures have enacted legislation
to address infant abandonment in response to a
reported increase in the abandonment of infants.
Beginning in Texas in 1999, "Baby Moses laws" or
infant safe haven laws have been enacted as an
incentive for mothers in crisis to safely relinquish
their babies to designated locations where the
babies are protected and provided with medical care
until a permanent home is found.
Safe haven laws generally allow the parent, or an
agent of the parent, to remain anonymous and to be
shielded from prosecution for abandonment or neglect
in exchange for surrendering the baby to a safe
All Mesa Fire stations are clearly labeled as
Safe Haven facilities to comply with the law.
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