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Safe Haven Hotline Receives Report of Abandoned Baby in Lansdowne
Date:10/26/2007

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Public Welfare said today it is working with local authorities to investigate an unverified telephone report of an abandoned child in Lansdowne, Delaware County.

An unidentified female called Pennsylvania's Safe Haven hotline shortly after noon today and said, "I left a baby in a stairwell in Lansdowne." The caller hung up without providing any other information. Local law enforcement was contacted and attempts to trace the location of the caller were unsuccessful.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lansdowne Police Department at 610-623-0700.

Pennsylvania's safe haven law allows parents to confidentially turn over unwanted infants, up to 28 days old, to any hospital as an alternative to abandonment.

There are nearly 270 hospitals in Pennsylvania where parents may safely surrender a baby if they fear they cannot care for the child. Babies can be handed over to any hospital staff member. If the parent is unwilling or unable to wait, they should look for signs instructing them where to place the baby. As long as the child is unharmed, the parents will not be asked any questions.

It is recommended, but not required, that the parent provide medical information for the child. A baby turned over to a Safe Haven hospital will receive necessary medical care. The county's child and youth agency will work to find the baby a loving family through the state's foster care system.

Pennsylvania is one of 48 states with a safe haven law. To date, five babies have been saved through the program.

To learn more about the safe haven program, visit http://www.secretsafe.org or call toll-free, 1-866-921-SAFE (7233).

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) helps people meet their basic needs by providing health care and other critical support services for children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, persons with disabilities and low income families and adults in Pennsylvania. DPW is dedicated to promoting, improving, and sustaining the quality of family life; breaking the cycle of dependency while protecting and serving Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. Visit DPW on the Internet at: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us.

CONTACT: Stacey Witalec

(717) 787-4592

(717) 215-5948


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