Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
V.I.A. Health System
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Safe Haven Law in PA
Child Welfare

Safe Haven Newborn Protection

In accordance with Pennsylvania
legislation, Doylestown Hospital offers
a Safe Place for Unwanted Babies

- Pennsylvania's Safe Haven law allows parents to legally
  and confidentially turn over unwanted infants up to 28
  days old to any hospital as an alternative to abandonment.

- Babies can be handed over to any hospital staff member. 
  As long as the child is unharmed, the parents will not be
  asked any questions.

- It is recommended that the parent provide medical information
  for the child, but it is not required.

- A baby turned over to a Safe Haven hospital will receive
  any necessary medical care.

- The county's children and youth agency will work to find
  the baby a loving family through the state's foster
  care system.

- The individuals leaving the baby at the hospital do not
  have to provide any information about themselves.