Steps to surrender your baby
A parent must personally surrender the baby in one of two ways:
- Physically hand the baby to one of the employees at a Safe Haven location, or
- Place the baby in a safe place at the Safe Haven location, and immediately call the Safe Haven location or 911 to describe where the baby was left. NOTE: Nevada law* states that if an unattended baby is harmed or injured, the Safe Haven provider is not liable for any civil damages:
- After the baby has been left on the property and before the provider is informed of the delivery and location of the baby, or
- Before the provider takes physical possession of the baby.
The parent surrendering the baby:
- Is presumed to have abandoned the baby once the provider takes possession.
- Consents to the Safe Haven provider performing all of the necessary services and care for the baby.
- Waives any notice of the legally required hearing if he or she does not provide a contact address.
- Understands that action will be taken to terminate his or her parental rights unless he or she contacts the local welfare agency.
- Is not required to provide background information or a medical history, but may do so voluntarily.
Unless there is reasonable cause to believe that the baby has been abused or neglected the parent:
- is not be required to disclose any identifying information, but may do so voluntarily,
- must be allowed to leave at any time; and
- must not be followed.