Safe Haven for Babies

Safe Haven


Stony Brook Children's Hospital is one of New York State's Safe Havens.

A Safe Haven is dedicated to saving the lives of newborns from the dangers of abandonment and assisting pregnant girls/women in crisis. Safe Haven is a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant. It allows mothers, fathers or whoever is in possession of a newborn, 30 days old or less, to leave him/her at the Hospital, a staffed fire rescue station, or staffed emergency medical service station, with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution. The Hospital will contact a participating private adoption agency who will then arrange placement of the newborn with a waiting family.

Learn more about the Safe Haven Law in New York State.