Safe Haven Program
All newborns deserve a chance at life. If you are afraid, alone or unable to cope with caring for your newborn, turn to a Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) Safe Haven. CHSLI has Safe Havens at all of its hospitals: Good Samaritan in West Islip, Mercy in Rockville Centre, St. Catherine of Siena in Smithtown, St. Charles in Port Jefferson, and St. Francis in Roslyn. Come to any of our emergency departments, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
On July 18, 2000, New York state signed into law the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, which: made it legal for a mother to leave her baby at a Safe Haven within the first five days of life, ensured the mother would not be prosecuted for abandonment and established that police would not investigate.
Now, women have a place to turn in their time of need, without fear of persecution for abandonment or police investigation. Best of all, the child promptly receives medical attention and Child Protective Services will ensure the child finds a home.
When a mother arrives at a CHSLI hospital with the child, she is not required to provide information. However, for the baby’s benefit, she may offer information about her family medical history. This information can be provided then or the mother may opt to complete a questionnaire and return it by mail. All information will be kept confidential and the mother’s identity protected. The baby, and if requested, the mother will receive medical treatment.
If you or someone you know could benefit from CHSLI’s Safe Haven, please call 866-918-8882.