Infant Abandonment

Unintended Consequences: ‘Safe Haven’ Laws Are Causing Problems, Not Solving Them

This report examines the effectiveness and consequences of the so-called "safe haven" laws, finding that safe haven laws appear to not solve the problem of unsafe infant abandonment, and actually may encourage women to conceal pregnancies and then abandon infants who otherwise would have been placed for adoption through established legal procedures or been raised by relatives.

Author: Georgia Deoudes

Published: March 2003