OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION
A SAFE PLACE FOR NEWBORNS
Oregon's "A Safe Place for Newborns" law allows a birth parent (mother or father) to leave a newborn infant at an authorized facility. This law was created so that a distressed parent may give up a baby safely, legally, and confidentially. A "Safe Place" to take a baby is a hospital, doctor's office, birthing clinic, police station, sheriff's office or fire department. A birth parent must give the baby to a person who works at the facility and then they are free to leave at any time.
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, OR 97232
Eligibility: 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.
Hours: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (971) 673-1222 Main phone
Email Address: health.webmaster@state.or.us
INTAKE PROCEDURE: No identifying questions will be asked, however, it is helpful if the parent chooses to provide basic health information. The baby will be cared for and will get medical attention if needed. Human Services Child Welfare will place the baby in foster care and start the legal process towards ending parent rights. If a parent changes their mind, they can seek custody of the baby. A court hearing will be held on the first business day after the day the baby is left. There will be several court hearings after that date. The parents' ability to seek custody of the baby will depend on how quickly the court moves to end the parent rights.
FEES: None
DOCUMENTS: None
AREA SERVED: State of Oregon
Services:
  • Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns
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OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION