Albion and Holley PD’s designated as Safe Havens
Written by Alex Feig on December 31, 2018
Safe Haven sign outside of the Albion Police Department
The Albion Police Department and Holley Police Departments in conjunction with Project Stork Inc. are proud to announce the recent designation and training for both agencies as a SAFE HAVEN location.
New York State Law provides that a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can give up custody of their baby that is 30 days old or less, no questions asked. They must simply bring the infant to a safe haven location and make sure they locate a person to give the child. As long as the child shows no signs of intentional abuse, no name or other information is required.
The Officers and Staff of both the Albion and Holley Police Departments were given training on the law and the procedure on how to handle an infant being turned over. Signs have also been placed outside of both Police Stations indicating that the Police Stations are Safe Haven locations. Each Station also has a complete Kit of supplies need to care for an infant until other trained personnel arrive. These Kits include items such as diapers, formula, clothing and other essential items.
I would like to thank the founder of Project Stork Inc., Jenny Staebell, for providing the Signs and Infant Kits to us for this potentially lifesaving option to a distressed parent.
Thanks to the Safe Haven Law no one ever has to abandon a child again.
For more information please visit http://safehaven.tv/states/newyork/#info