Safe haven 911

H.E.A. 1230, P.L. 105
Effective: July 1, 2021

  • Provides that due to extenuating circumstances, if a child’s parent or a person is unable to give up custody of a child under the procedure set forth in Indiana’s safe haven law, the child’s parent or the person may request that an emergency medical services provider (provider) take custody of the child by: (1) dialing the 911 emergency call number; and (2) staying with the child until a provider arrives to take custody of the child.
  • Provides that the emergency medical dispatch agency or the provider shall inform the child’s parent or the person giving up custody of the child of the ability to remain anonymous.
  • Provides that a provider, shall, without a court order, take custody of a child who is, or who appears to be, not more than 30 days of age if the child is voluntarily left: (1) in a newborn safety device that is located at an emergency medical services station; or (2) with medical staff after delivery in a hospital or other medical facility when the child’s parent notifies the medical staff that the parent is voluntarily relinquishing the child.
  • Allows a child’s parent to remain anonymous if the child is voluntarily relinquished in a hospital or other medical facility after delivery of the child.
  • Provides that an emergency medical services station is immune from civil liability for an act or omission relating to the operation of the newborn safety device.

Read the bill at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1230