Abandoned Baby Prevention

New York State’s Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby who is up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution, if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner. A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location. A hospital, staffed police or fire station are examples of safe and suitable choices.

If the baby is older than 30 days, you may go to an Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Field Office to talk about giving someone else custody of the child or giving up your parental rights.