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1 Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law Resources, Education & Training, Public Awareness September 2012 May

2 History & Legislation Increase in newborn abandonment in 2000 Michigan lawmakers enact Safe Delivery of Newborns law effective 1/1/2001 The law was amended 12/2006 Legal protections to surrender a newborn safely and anonymously Safe, Legal and Anonymous Focuses on safe choices and protection of newborn

3 Safe Delivery of Newborns Law* Parents can anonymously surrender a newborn within 72 hours of birth to an ESP ESP is an employee/contractor of a hospital, fire department or police station and EMS when responding to a 9-1-1 emergency call Newborn examined by physician Unharmed newborn transferred to child placing agency Parents may change their mind within 28 days of surrender *Public Acts 488 of 2006 and 232, 233, 234 & 235 of 2000

4 Who Abandons A Newborn? No “typical” profile. Infant abandonment crosses all socioeconomic groups, ages, races, ethnicity & educational levels.

5 Why Parents Abandon Their Newborn Isolation and denial No alternatives Immature Lack adequate housing or money Panic Not prepared to parent

6 Surrendering Parent Rights Informed that the newborn will be placed for adoption There are 28 days to petition for return May be anonymous but encouraged to provide family/medical information Information shared will not be made public. No criminal investigation initiated

7 ESP Responsibilities MAKE A REASONABLE ATTEMPT TO: Provide Safe Delivery written information Encourage completion of family/medical background Inform of counseling/medical services Encourage parent to share identity Identify the non-surrendering parent Inform parent shared information will not be made public Inform that the child placing agency will provide services Inform parent they may sign a release

8 Child Placing Agency Responsibilities Meet with the parent, if known Place newborn with approved adoptive family Contact law enforcement File a placement petition in court Attempt to identify, locate & provide notice of the surrender to the non-surrendering parent Petition for termination of parent rights

9 What Happens to the Newborn? Signs of abuse/neglect? Unharmed newborn placed with prospective adoptive family. After 28 days child placing agency petitions for termination of parental rights or, Parent petitions for return.

10 Safe Delivery Effectiveness 126 Newborns Surrendered In 29 Counties* Surrendered At The Following Locations:  Hospitals: 121**  Fire Departments: 4  Police Station: 1  9-1-1 Call: 0 * As of August 31, 2012 **Majority delivered at hospital

11 Program Evaluation & Survey Results Evaluation of public/professional awareness. MSU’s State of the State Survey November 2005 N=1,003 November 2009 N=1,022 Familiar with the Law15%22% Learned about law through print media (n=149) 50% (n=149) 25% (n=218) Learned about law through electronic media (n=149) 31% (n=149) 47% (n=218) Felt it was somewhat of very important to educate the public 99%98%

12 Education & Training for Emergency Service Providers Development & distribution of: –Response & Resource Handbook –Portable Packet –Signage –Public Serves Announcements –Web based training



15 Education & Training for Child Placing Agencies Development & distribution of: –Adoption Agency Handbook –Training Seminars –Train the Trainers 15

16 Educator Broad definition of “Educator” –Counselors and Social Workers –Nurses and Health Clinic Staff –Educator and Schools Administrators –College Staff such as Counseling Center, Health Clinic or Residence Hall Staff Format –Individual Meetings & Group Presentations –Situation Cards

17 Public/Professional Awareness Hotline/Web site Safe Delivery logo for branding Safe Delivery of Newborns Day Proclamation Media events Conference workshops and/or displays ESP signage ESP Tri-fold brochure Posters, wallet cards & postcards


19 In 2011, Safe Delivery celebrated success in saving lives….

20 Exhibits at conferences and events

21 Future plans: Distribution of Handbooks, Signage & Educator Toolkit Develop, Produce & Distribute Community Outreach Advocacy Toolkit Revise Adoption Proceedings Benchbook Ongoing Public Awareness Campaign Trainings and Seminars Broadening the base of those spreading the word and educating others about Safe Delivery

22 Safe Delivery Information Toll Free Number: 1-866-733-7733 for Public and Professionals Web site: Order Safe Delivery Resource materials: Forms on web site Order DHS Publications & Forms: 517-373- 7837 Consultant Email:

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