You can get information for parents who are unable or unwilling to care for their baby.

New York State's Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution, as long as the baby is abandoned in a safe manner.

A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant's location. A hospital or a staffed police or fire station are examples of safe and suitable choices.

A person leaving an infant under this law is not required to give his or her name.

Learn more about the Abandoned Infant Protection Act.

Use the pages below to find a safe location to bring an unwanted baby who is up to 30 days old:

  • Agency: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • Division: Abandoned Infant Protection Act Information
  • Phone Number: (866) 505-7233
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Parents who are unable or unwilling to care for a child over 30 days old may contact an Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Field Office to discuss the option of voluntarily transferring custody of the child or giving up parental rights.

There are ACS field offices in each borough, open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. It is important that you tell ACS that you want to voluntarily place your child.

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