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Arkansas Safe Haven


In Arkansas there is always a Safe Haven for your baby. Call 1-888-510-2229

What is 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.

Once a baby is given up, the Arkansas Department of Human Services will be called so that it can find the baby a permanent loving home. 

Where do I leave my newborn?

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.

How does it work?

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.

What else can you tell me?

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.

You also can call 1-888-510-BABY. 


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Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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