In Safe Haven cases, the designated
hospital nurse shall
take physical custody of the infant unless the parent or agent clearly
expresses an intent to return for the infant
within twenty-four hours, notify the DCF Hotline that a Safe Haven infant
has been left at the hospital
Note: For all Safe Haven cases, within
forty-eight hours of making the oral notification, the hospital must also submit DCF-136, Report of Suspected Child
Abuse/Neglect to DCF. The
hospital may indicate on the form that it is a Safe Haven case and is not required to
disclose the name of the parent or agent, if known.
follow the usual hospital procedures to screen and stabilize the infant
Note: If abuse or neglect is suspected, the hospital
will attempt to detain the parent or agent and call the police.
keep the infant at the hospital until the assigned DCF Social Worker arrives
to take custody of the child
provide the parent or agent with information regarding the Safe Haven
prepare an affidavit for DCF describing the circumstances of receiving the
infant and subsequent actions taken. (See Attachment A, Affidavit)
In addition, the hospital nurse may
request voluntary information from the parent or agent (See below)
provide the parent or agent with an identification bracelet to link the
parent or agent to the infant.
Note: Possession of the bracelet does not authorize
the parent or agent to take custody of the infant on demand. If parental rights have not been terminated,
possession of a bracelet creates a presumption that the parent or person has standing to
participate in a custody hearing for the infant and does not create a presumption of
maternity, paternity or custody.