Arizona

Oct 24, 2012 1:32 PM

Statewide, 20 newborns handed over to state program since 2001

TUCSON - Since the inception of the Safe Haven program in Arizona in 2001, 20 infants have been delivered to providers as a safe and legal alternative to child abandonment.

On Monday, a newborn girl was found inside a duffel bag left outside a midtown apartment (Pictured), bringing to light the Safe Haven program, which allows parents to leave an unharmed newborn with a designated provider within 72 hours of the baby's birth.

The infant found on Monday was reported to police, and is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The Department tracks this information in the Semi-Annual Child Welfare Reporting Requirements, which has tracked the number of infants delivered to Arizona providers between April 2001 and March 2012.

Here in Tucson, Safe Baby Program providers, including any local hospital or clinic, and Casa de los Ninos, will take newborns within 72 hours. For more information on the Tucson Safe Baby Program, visit: http://www.tucsonsafebaby.org/

Below is a complete list from the state Department of Economic Security showing the number of infants left with the State of Arizona over half-year periods since April 2001:

None: October 2011 - March 2012
None: April 2011 - September 2011
One: October 2010 - March 2011
None: April 2010 - September 2010
None: October 2009 - March 2010
Two: April 2009- September 2009
Two: October 2008 - March 2009
One: April 2008 - September 2008
None: October 2007 - March 2008
One: April 2007 - September 2007
None: October 2006 - March 2007
None: April 2006 - September 2006
One: October 2005 - March 2006
Four: April 2005 - September 2005
One: October 2004 - March 2005
None: April 2004 - September 2004
Two: October 2003 - March 2004
None: April 2003 - September 2003
One: October 2002 - March 2003
Four: April 2002 - September 2002
None: October 2001 - March 2002
None: April 2001-September 2001

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