Baby Moses Act

Baby Moses or Safe Haven Act

The Baby Moses law or Safe Haven Act gives immunity to mothers who give up their infants to emergency medical workers. If you have a newborn that you are unable to care for, you can bring your baby to a designated safe place with no questions asked. The Police will not be called, and you will not be prosecuted for abandonment or neglect. 

Safe haven

Your baby will receive medical care and be placed with an emergency provider. 

The first days of a newborn’s life are the most critical, and most likely the time that immediate medical attention is required.

All Mesquite Fire Department Stations are considered a safe place. You can find one here:

Requirements and Information

  • Your baby must be 60 days old or younger and unharmed and safe.
  • You may take your baby to any hospital, fire station, or emergency medical services (EMS) station in Texas.
  • You need to give your baby to an employee who works at one of these safe places and tell this person that you want to leave your baby at a Safe Haven.
  • You may be asked by an employee for family or medical history to make sure that your baby receives the care needed.
  • Your baby will immediately receive medical care and then be transported to the closest hospital.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) will then take custody of your child. After the legal responsibilities are fulfilled by TDFPS, your baby will be placed with a caring family.

 For more information, go to the Baby Moses Project or call the Texas Baby Moses Hotline 1-877-904-SAVE (1-877-904-7283).