Pregnant and Scared?
You may be feeling like you’re not ready emotionally or financially to be a parent. Maybe you have been able to keep your pregnancy a secret. But now what? You have a choice to take your newborn to a safe place. In Michigan, safe surrender is legal and confidential.
What is a Safe Place?
If your baby is three days old or less, you have the option to surrender your newborn to an employee of a hospital, fire department, or police station. If you have not yet given birth, you may go to the hospital to deliver your baby safely, and then surrender your baby before leaving the hospital.
No One Needs to Know ...
What Happens to Your Baby?
It's Your Choice ...
Maybe it isn’t a good time for you to raise a child, but you can make a good choice for you and your baby. You can choose a safe place for your newborn. It’s a decision that will help you and your baby now and in the future. It’s safe, legal, and confidential.
By surrendering your newborn, you are releasing your newborn to a child placing agency to be placed for adoption.
You have 28 days after surrendering your newborn to petition the court to regain custody.
After the 28 days end, there will be a hearing to terminate your parental rights. There will be a public notice of this hearing, however, the notice will be anonymous and will not contain your name or any identifying information, even if known. You will not receive personal notice of the hearing.
Any information that you choose to provide to professional staff is strictly confidential.
7 Steps for Social Workers/Adoption Professionals to a successful Safe Delivery Surrender:
In Order to be Surrendered, the Baby:
- Offer her the opportunity to talk with the adoption agency.
- If the mother doesn’t write in the requested information herself, but provides it orally, document the information and note that it was provided to you verbally.
- If she provides the non-surrendering parent’s name, he will be notified.
- If unknown, the agency must make reasonable efforts to locate and notify him.