Oregon’s “A Safe Place for Newborns” Law allows a birth parent (mother or father) to leave a newborn infant at an authorized facility. As long as the baby is 30 days old or younger, is handed to someone working there, and shows no signs of abuse, there will be no legal consequences for making this choice.
This is a big decision. Please talk to someone you trust about your situation and possible options. If you need support, want to talk to someone about this decision, or need more information on adoption, counseling, or other social service supports, call 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638).
- Doctor’s Office
- Birthing Clinic
- Police Station
- Sheriff Office
- Fire Department
For more information on adoption, counseling, or other social service supports, call 1-800-342-6688. When a parent cannot care for an infant, leaving the baby at A Safe Place for Newborns may be the best choice for the child. If the birth parent is not sure about this decision, an adoption social worker can help by providing information on available options and services for birth parents and their babies.
Information is also available by calling 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638). Any birth parent, who wants to raise a baby but needs help, may call the SAFENET hotline to get information about caring for and raising children.