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Indiana Department of Child Services

Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Safety & General Information > Safe Haven Law Safe Haven Law

The Indiana Safe Haven Law enables a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously without fear of arrest or prosecution.

As long as there are no signs of intentional abuse on the baby, no information is required of the person leaving the baby. Any knowledge of the date of birth, race, parent medical history, child's health or anything that would be useful to the child's caregiver would be greatly appreciated.

Once the baby is examined and given medical treatment (if needed), the Indana Department of  Child Services will take the baby into custody through Child Protective Services where it will be placed with a caregiver.

IC 31-34-2.5 Chapter 2.5. Emergency Custody of Certain Abandoned Children