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DCF says 35 babies dropped off at ERs under Safe Haven Law

April 4, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Efforts are continuing to get the word out about a law that allows newborns to be dropped off at Connecticut hospitals, without fear of criminal prosecution.

Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said Thursday that her agency, as required under a 2018 law, has begun providing local school boards with information about the Safe Haven Law that can be included in school health curriculum.

Wentzell says various groups working with the Department of Education are also being educated about the law. For example, information will be included in next month’s annual training for about 2,000 school nurses.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vanessa Dorantes says 35 babies, age 30 days or younger, were dropped off at emergency rooms since the year 2000. The most recent was November 2018.