In Vermont, a person may voluntarily deliver a child not older than 30 days to an employee, staff member, or volunteer at a health care facility, fire station, police station, or place of worship; an entity licensed or authorized in the state to place minors for adoption; or a 911 emergency responder at a location where the responder and the person have agreed to transfer the child.[i] Such relinquishment shall not be considered to be an abandonment or exposure of the newborn.[ii]
The person relinquishing the child shall not be compelled to disclose his/her identity. The person may voluntarily disclose information relating to the medical history of the child or child’s family.[iii] However, the person accepting a newborn may compel the surrendering person to disclose his/her identity if there is a reasonable suspicion that the child has been abused.[iv]
Any person accepting a newborn shall be immune from civil or criminal liability for any action taken while performing their duties. [v]
Any person/facility to whom a newborn is delivered shall:[vi]
a) take temporary custody of the child.
b) ensure that the child receives necessary medical care.
c) notify a local law enforcement agency or the Vermont state police that a child has been taken into custody.
d) notify the Department for Children and Families that a child has been taken into custody.
Upon receiving notice, the Department shall take the child into custody as soon as practicable. [vii] The Department shall develop and implement a public information program to increase public awareness about the provisions of the Baby Safe Haven Law.[viii]
[i] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)
[ii] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)
[iii] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)(2)
[iv] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)(3)
[v] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)(3)
[vi] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)(3)
[vii] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)(4)
[viii] 13 V.S.A § 1303(b)(5)