Safe Haven Infant Protection Act
On January 17, 2010, the State of New Jersey enacted a new law that requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to notify an expanded list of public and private entities across the state about the New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act and the relevant information and materials made available by the department. The Safe Haven Infant Protection Act allows an individual to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and anonymously. The parents, or someone acting on their behalf, can bring a baby less than 30 days old to any hospital emergency room or police station. DCF will take the child into custody and place the infant in a foster or pre-adoptive home.