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State officials: Baby surrendered under Iowa safe haven law

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) – For the 46th time since it became law, Iowa has used its safe haven procedures on a newborn girl.

The Iowa Department of Human Services reports the girl was born September 27 and released to their custody.

Through the law, parents can safely hand over custody of babies age 30 days or younger without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

“We want to ensure Iowans know that Safe Haven is an available option if they cannot care for their newborn safely. We recognize that these decisions are often made in the midst of crisis and the protocols are built accordingly," said Janee Harvey, DHS Division Administrator of Adult, Children and Family Services.

Infants who are safe haven babies are placed with currently-approved foster or adoptive families. If you're interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.iowafosterandadoption.org.

For more information on the safe haven procedure: http://dhs.iowa.gov/safe-haven

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