The purpose of this policy is to provide the guidelines and procedures to follow when a birth mother/birth parent wishes to relinquish custody of a newborn less than 30 days old.
It is the policy of Door County Medical Center (DCMC) to provide a safe place for newborns. A Safe Place for Newborns is a program designed to provide a safe place for a newborn baby in lieu of abandonment, injury or death. Wisconsin Statute 48.195 (Amended) allows birth parents to relinquish custody of their newborn infant less than 30 days of age without fear of legal or other retribution provided there has been no intentional maltreatment to the newborn.
The Door County Department of Human Services will be contacted, custody will be transferred within 24 hours and assume responsibility for foster home placement and ultimate permanent placement of an infant taken into the safe place program. If the baby's condition or needs warrants hospitalization, the infant will be admitted to the Medical/Surgical Unit. If admission is not indicated, Door County Department of Human Services will assume responsibility of the infant from the ER Department.
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Good afternoon, everyone. Nancy, thank you so much for sharing your policy! Have you had a situation in which the birth occurred at your facility and then Safe Haven was put into place? If yes, how did you manage the record(s)? And, then if the child returns with a new name, after the relinquishment, there is potential for three records.
Thank you for your time and expertise!
Sharon Ulrich, RHIA
HIM Sr Manager