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Safe Surrender: When a Parent Can't Care for a Newborn

A Safe Place for Newborns Law

Oregon's "Safe Place for Newborns" law allows a birth parent (mother or father) to leave a newborn infant at an authorized facility. As long as the baby is 30 days old or younger, is handed to someone working there and shows no signs of abuse, there will be no legal consequences for making this choice.

About the Law

Oregon Revised Statutes 418.017 - 418.018

For Parents

This is a big decision. If you need support, want to talk to someone about this decision, or need more information on adoption, counseling or other social service supports, call 211 or visit the website.

Information for parents