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On April 18, 2000, Minnesota passed the Safe Place for Newborns law providing an alternative for mothers who have hidden their pregnancy and are at risk of harming their newborn child. Following the news that a newborn had been found in the Mississippi River near Winona, changes were made in 2012 expanding the program.
The law allows for a newborn to be relinquished anonymously and for the mother to not face child abandonment charges under the following conditions:
Either the mother or someone acting with permission of the mother may relinquish the baby. If these conditions are met, no questions will be asked.
This program is in place as a last alternative for mothers who are at highest risk of harming, or even murdering, their newborn child. It gives babies a chance to live, mothers a chance to fix their lives, and adoptive families a chance to grow. With millions of Americans wanting to adopt, every child conceived is a baby who is wanted and loved by someone.
Since 2000, at least 15 children have been relinquished under the program. However, there still have been cases of infanticide of newborns throughout the state. Education is desperately needed to ensure that all mothers at risk of harming their newborn babies are aware of this program and to encourage them to give life to their baby.
How you can help
Please consider the action items below. Help us get this message out and put an end to newborn abandonment and infanticide!
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