Arkansas Safe Haven
The Arkansas Safe Haven law allows a parent to bring a child, 30 days old or younger to an employee at any hospital emergency room or law enforcement agency anonymously and without facing prosecution for endangering or abandoning a child.
You can take the baby to any hospital emergency room in Arkansas, any police or sheriff department or an Arkansas State Police office. The baby must be left with an employee - not at the door.
A parent who does not want an infant or who is unable to care for an infant can give up custody of a baby 30 days or younger legally and anonymously to an employee at any hospital emergency room or law enforcement agency. When a baby is dropped off, no information is required. Here you can find out what your hospital or agency needs to know.
- Hospital Guidelines (PDF)
- Law Enforcement Guidelines (PDF)
- Safe Haven Info Card (PDF)
- Voluntary Medical Info Sheet (PDF)
We know you have lots of questions about what it means to give your baby up under the Safe Haven law. Here we connect you to more information.
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Safe Haven Brochure (PDF)
- Safe Haven Brochure (Folleto en Español) (PDF)
- Complete Safe Haven Law (PDF)
You also can call 1-888-510-BABY.