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Safe Haven: For Care Providers
Louisiana is a Safe Haven State
The most difficult aspect of implementing Louisiana's Safe Haven law is making sure both parents and caregivers at designated emergency care facilities know about the law and what to do to enact it.
For employees of designated emergency care facilities:
- Safe Haven Law: Guidelines for Emergency Care Facilities - Download and print the guidelines to instruct caregivers about what to do if a parent wants to invoke the Safe Haven law.
- Training Packet - Designated Emergency Care Facility Responsibilities
- Genetic History Information (Form 448) - Parents may have the option of filling out this anonymous medical/genetic history form for the child.
- Safe Haven Card - Print this card to give to a parent relinquishing his/her child through the Safe Haven law. (Print the card 2-sided and cut out).
- Posters and Brochures - Posters, brochures and cards to give to parents using Safe Haven are available.
- Window Decals (pictured right) are available to Safe Haven sites, designating them as a Safe Haven facility.
- Go to the nearest Safe Haven facility. A listing of all sites can be found at www.LouisianaSafeHaven.com.
- Give the baby to an employee at the facility. If there is no employee present at the site, the parent can contact 911. Parents should state that they want to utilize the Safe Haven Law.
- If a parent is unable to travel to a Safe Haven facility, he or she may call 911, and a law enforcement officer, fireman and/or EMS provider will be dispatched, confirm the Safe Haven Relinquishment and transport the newborn to a hospital.
- An employee of the facility or the dispatched emergency responder will offer the parent a card with a toll-free number, 1-855- 4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437), to call if the parent wants to give medical information about the baby or learn about their parental rights.