Louisiana Safe Haven Law Preventing Infant Abandonment

MONROE, La. (KNOE) The Louisiana Safe Haven Law is giving people a safe and legal alternative in relinquishing an infant in desperate circumstances.

Mona Michelli works with the Department of Children and Family Services. They're one of the many places that accept and oversee Safe Haven infants. She says dropping off an infant through the Safe Haven Law is a better alternative than abandonment.

"The law indicates that if a child is relinquishes through the Safe Haven Law, they cannot be charged for abandonment in any way." Michelli says.

However, infants that show any type of neglect or abuse will not be accepted under the law, and parents may face charges.

The safe places include hospitals, public health units, medical clinics, fire and police stations and others.