Infant safe haven laws were enacted as an incentive for mothers in crisis to safely relinquish their babies to designated locations where babies are protected and provided with the necessary medical care until child welfare professionals are contacted. Safe haven laws generally allow the parent to remain anonymous and to be shielded from prosecution for abandonment in exchange for surrendering the baby to a safe haven.
In addition to emergency medical service providers (ambulances), licensed private child welfare agencies, licensed adoption agencies and churches, parents can also surrender their baby, up to 72 hours old, with no questions asked at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital located at 1500 S. Mill Ave. or any of the Tempe fire stations listed below.
• Station 1, 1450 E. Apache Blvd.
• Station 2, 3025 S. Hardy Drive
• Station 3, 5440 S. McClintock Drive
• Station 4, 300 E. Elliot Road
• Station 5, 723 E. Curry Road
• Station 6, 655 S. Ash Ave.
It is very important that when leaving a baby at any of the facilities mentioned that there is someone physically present to care for the baby. If there is no one at the fire station, it is important to use the red emergency phone located outside the main entrance of every fire station to anonymously call 9-1-1 and let the operator know that a baby is being left at the safe haven. Lack of medical attention, food and extreme temperatures can affect the health of the baby if he or she is left outside in the elements alone for any amount of time.