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No changes planned for Safe Haven Act during pandemic

By Nikita Biryukov, April 07 2020 3:57 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration isn’t planning any changes to the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“I don’t think we’ve had any discussions on that,” Murphy’s Deputy Chief Counsel Parimal Garg said when asked whether the administration was considering changes to the law.

The Safe Have Act allows parents who are unable or unwilling to care for a child who is less than 30 days old to drop to anonymously give up custody of the infant at hospital emergency rooms and police stations in the state.

On Monday, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families announced two infants were surrendered under the law last month.

“The Safe Haven program is a life-saver,” State Sen. Anthony Bucco, whose late father championed the law’s 2000 passage, said. “Life is precious, and parents should know that if they feel they can’t keep an infant safe, there are options.”

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