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What is Safe Surrender?

North Carolina’s Safe Surrender law allows an overwhelmed parent to surrender his or her baby to a responsible adult and walk away.

The baby will be adopted.

A baby up to 7 days old may be placed with any responsible adult.

The baby must be unharmed.

Safe surrender is legal and anonymous.

Anyone who receives a baby in this way must keep the baby safe and warm, and call 911 or the county social services department immediately.

The law is properly called the law to “Decriminalize Abandonment of an Infant.”

The law is meant to prevent these babies from being killed or being left unsafely to die.

More questions? Read the frequently asked questions.

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