NEW HORIZONS ADOPTION AGENCY PROVIDES SAFE HAVEN SERVICES IN SOUTH DAKOTA
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If for any reason you feel you cannot parent your baby and have no other options, South Dakota law allows a parent to voluntarily leave their baby with an emergency medical services provider hospital or child placement agency if the child is less than 60 days old and is left unharmed. Leaving a baby under this law with an emergency medical services provider or child placement agency as allowed for under this law is not a crime. The parent may be asked for medical information related to the baby’s medical history; however, the parent will not be required to provide their name, the other parent’s name, or any other identifying information.
Those providers and agencies a parent may leave their baby with under this law are listed below.
The baby’s other parent has the right to file for custody of the baby after the baby has been released to the child placement agency. To gain custody of the baby, the other parent has 30 days to prove he or she is the parent of the baby and that he or she did not consent to giving up the child’s custody. If the other parent does not come forward and 60 days have passed, a circuit court hearing is held to terminate all parental rights of the baby.*