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Frequently asked questions

If I want to leave my newborn, safely and anonymously, where can I go?

The newborn should be dropped off at a hospital that is open 24 hours a day. To receive the best care available, the newborn should be left with hospital staff. Hospital staff will be wearing the proper hospital identification or name badge. Tell the hospital staff that you want to give up your newborn under the Utah Safe Haven law.

Do I have to take my newborn to the closest hospital?

No, you can take your newborn to any hospital in Utah that is open 24/7.

How long can I wait before I take my newborn to the hospital?

You need to take your newborn to the hospital as soon as possible in order to ensure that your newborn receives proper care.

Do I have to take my newborn to the hospital or can I ask someone else?

You can take your newborn or you can ask someone to do it for you. The law states, “that a person acting with the mother’s permission” can bring a newborn to the hospital.

What will the people at the hospital ask me? Do I have to leave my name?

You do not have to tell the people at the hospital your name or anything else. Health information may be helpful for your baby so the adoptive parents are aware of any possible conditions the baby may have or may inherit. If you wish to provide any health information about the infant please fill out the Optional Medical Questionnaire form.

Is it true the police will not be called?

The police will not be called if you bring your infant to the hospital.

What happens to my newborn after I leave the hospital?

The hospital will provide any medical care your newborn requires. Utah Division of Child and Family Services will place your child for adoption into a safe, loving home. There are many great families waiting to adopt children.

Where are the hospitals in Utah?

Visit our Hospitals page for locations in Utah.

Where can I find the Safe Haven law?

Visit the Utah Code page for the complete law.