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Fire stations are safe havens

Law allows parents to surrender infants if unable to care for them


Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials want the public to know that fire stations continue to serve as safe havens where infants can be surrendered in the event their parents or caretakers feel unable to care for them.

After the discovery of a deceased newborn girl at a North Portland recycling center on May 28, emergency responders want to remind the public that Oregon’s Safe Haven Law also allows parents to hand over babies up to 30 days old to personnel at police stations, medical or birthing offices with no penalty, provided the child shows no signs of abuse.

The law is meant to prevent the abandoning of newborn infants by parents who feel overwhelmed.

For more information about Oregon’s Safe Haven Law, click here.



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